Here’s something I missed from the first week of December: a poll in Afghanistan commissioned by ABC News, the Washington Post, the BBC, ARD-German TV.
If you look at the first page of Langer Research’s analysis (the group organized and analyzed the survey for the news organizations), it’s clear the United States’ and NATO’s stock is falling among Afghans, depending on the region and issue being polled.
But, digging deeper into the actual survey questions, there’s an interesting sub-text on how Afghans feel about Iranians. Despite the sectarian and ethnic divides, Iran actually does alright with Afghans. Maybe not quite as well as the United States, but considering the discrepancies in resources being poured into the country, not that far behind either.
Note that when you look at these numbers, the implication is not at that Iran is seen as some savior while the U.S. is hated. As I said, it’s the remarkable similarity of the two countries’ numbers that is worthy of comment (though the meaning is certainly up for debate).
Here are some more favorable/unfavorable numbers, as the poll has tracked over time. First Iran, followed by the numbers for the U.S.: