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Poll: Iran Our Greatest Enemy

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.(Getty Images)

photo of Ben Terris
February 18, 2011

Forget that we still have forces in Iraq and are still fighting a war in Afghanistan. Those two countries don’t even make the top-three list of America’s greatest enemies, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Instead, Iran, for the fourth time in a row, has been cited as the United States’ greatest enemy, followed by North Korea and China. Afghanistan and Iraq come in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Twenty-five percent of respondents said that Iran was America’s top enemy, which is the same result as the last time Gallup conducted this poll in 2008. Iraq, on the other hand, had a steep drop, going from 22 percent in 2008 to 7 percent this year -- coinciding with the drawdown of forces in that country.

 

Afghanistan has reached an all-time high of 9 percent, but still falls seven points below North Korea and China, which both come in at 16 percent this year.

And, in what can only be described as a “meta” response, 2 percent of respondents said that the biggest enemy of the United States is the United States.

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