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AP-Ipsos Poll: Allies Skeptical About U.S. Exporting Democracy

As President Bush tries to drum up European support for U.S. Iraq policy, a majority of those polled in nations identified as U.S. allies believe that the U.S. should not spread democracy, according to a poll by Associated Press-Ipsos, reported in The New York Times. Majorities in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and South Korea agreed that "it should not be the U.S. role to spread democracy." The margins were even larger among key U.S. allies

France - 84%
Germany - 78%
Britain - 67%

Even in the U.S., 53 percent agreed that exporting democracy was not a proper role for the U.S.

As the Times reports, "It's hard to believe our allies are indifferent to the spread of democracy," said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. "But they obviously don't feel comfortable with George Bush as the self-annointed spreader of democracy."