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Global opinion of U.S. still positive, despite surveillance

Recommended by Bethan Owen

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 18 2014 9:48 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, July 18 2014 9:48 a.m. MDT

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Despite global disapproval of U.S. spying and a drop in worldwide belief that the U.S. protects its citizens’ personal freedoms, the U.S. still enjoys a high public approval rating, according to a new study from Pew.

Almost every country polled expressed opposition to having their governments monitored by the U.S., while American citizens generally believe that spying on foreign governments is acceptable — but spying on Americans is not.

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The revealed scope of NSA global surveillance hurt America’s global image, but the U.S. is still held in higher regard than other world powers, including China.

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Read the entire study here.

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