Forget the squabble in Congress over increasing sanctions on Iran. Americans view North Korea the least favorably, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Eleven percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of North Korea, while Iran’s rating favorability crawled up to 12 percent — from 9 percent in 2013.
North Korea had a 12 percent favorability rating last year, and Gallup notes that the country’s slide to the bottom of the poll is “mainly attributable” to the bump in Iran’s favorability. Iran had the dubious distinction of holding that spot since 2004.
The slight increase in favorability for Iran comes as negotiators announced Thursday that they had reached a timeline and framework for negotiations on reaching a long-term agreement over the country’s nuclear program. An interim agreement, which exchanged limited sanctions relief for a curbing of Iran’s nuclear program, was announced in November.
Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey was conducted between Feb. 6-9 among a random sample of 1,023 adults. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The poll surveys Americans’ favorability for 22 countries. Americans also gave low favorability ratings to Afghanistan, at 14 percentage points, and Syria, at 13 percentage points.