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Poll shows growth in negative views about globalization

AFP , LONDON

The public in the US and five major European countries are increasingly perceiving globalization as negative for them and their countries, a poll published yesterday showed.

The Harris Interactive survey for the Financial Times showed that those polled in Britain, France, Spain and the US were about three times more likely to say that globalization was having a negative impact on their countries than a positive impact.

In the survey of the US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Britain, only five percent or less of respondents in the USs and all the European countries, except Italy, said they had a great deal of admiration for those running large companies.

Nearly 80 percent of British respondents thought corporate executives made too much money, while 60 percent thought they should be taxed more and a similar proportion thought government should limit their pay.

Respondents in all six countries polled said they wanted their governments to raise levels of taxation on those with the highest incomes.

Harris Interactive questioned more than 1,000 people in each of the six countries, though the Financial Times did not say specifically how many people were surveyed.

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