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United Nations Approval Rating rises to 60% in New Opinion Poll
Date:5/5/2010

Majority of American voters believe that the United States should be involved in combating global poverty as part of the Millennium Development Goals

Washington, DC (Vocus) May 5, 2010 — New public opinion polling shows that Americans’ favorable rating of the United Nations has risen to 60%. The data released today by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization the Better World Campaign, is the highest favorable rating for the UN in five years. The polling illustrates that Americans are responding positively to the work of UN in light of its response to recent natural disasters around the world, as well as the UN’s continued efforts to protect human rights and address humanitarian emergencies.

The survey also reveals than an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the United States should be involved in a worldwide effort to address urgent issues related to global poverty as part of the Millennium Development Goals, as adopted by 189 nations in September 2000. The survey indicates that Americans consider issues such as access to clean water, children’s health, extreme hunger, and access to education to be top priorities that nations must address to combat global poverty.

“The work of the United Nations is front and center on the world stage and Americans are taking notice. This new data confirms that Americans recognize that working together with our international partners through the UN is more effective than trying to solve the world’s challenges alone,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation. “Confronting an issue like global poverty requires a smart approach to global coordination and the UN is uniquely positioned to provide and deliver global coo
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