Views of America

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New polls show America's reputation around the world is hurting.

In eight of the ten countries where the surveys commissioned by major newspapers were conducted, more people said their view of America had worsened in the past two to three years than improved.

By big margins, those questioned said the war in Iraq did not aid the global fight against terrorism.

And in eight out of ten nations, those polled said, often in landslide proportions, that they hoped to see Democrat John Kerry beat President Bush in next month's election. Bush won backing from a majority of respondents only in Russia and Israel.

The polls were conducted in Canada, France, Britain, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Israel and Russia and were published Friday.