A new BBC World poll says that people in the Philippines, South Korea, France, Finland and Brazil think India is a negative influence on the world.Pakistan was not polled. On the other hand, Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the UK and Russia rate India highly. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the African countries polled are most neutral about India, while Sri Lanka and India are most neutral about the U.S. Though Indiaâ€™s global profile has grown significantly over the last year, it fails to elicit strong feelingsâ€¦ The exceptions are two Muslim countries with positive views: Iran (71% positive) and Afghanistan (59% positive). The only country with widespread negative views is the Philippines (57% negative). Notably, Indiaâ€™s small neighbor Sri Lanka has a mere 4 percent reporting negative views and a robust 49 percent expressing a positive one. Europeans are divided about India. At the positive end of the spectrum is Great Britain (49% positive, 30% negative) and Russia (47% positive, 10% negative), while at the other end are France and Finlandâ€”both being 27 percent positive and 44 percent negative. The US leans slightly positively (39% positive, 35% negative). India has the strange distinction of being most loved by the most hated, Iran. Forty-three percent of the Indians polled seemed only lukewarm about their own country Interestingly, Indians themselves are the most tepid or modest in their self-estimates. While in most countries a large majority give their country a positive rating, among Indians only 47 percent give India a positive rating, but only 10 percent give it a negative rating The Philippines and Brazil are economic competitors of India. The others are more puzzling: South Korea is an economic partner, France has long-standing cultural ties to India, and the Finns might enjoy the weather Globally, the most disliked countries are Iran, the U.S. and Russia. The African countries polled and some where the U.S. assisted against political repression (Poland, Afghanistan) are the most appreciative of the U.S. Now let's see what BBC feels World 'lukewarm to India's role' India fails to evoke any strong feelings from other countries in the world, a new poll for the BBC suggests. BBC NEWS | South Asia | World 'lukewarm to India's role' The survey for the BBC World Service asked how 39,435 people in 33 nations across the globe saw various countries. On an average, 41% of the people polled did not say whether India had a positive or negative influence. The poll found Iran having a negative influence in the world, while Japan is most widely seen to have a positive influence. The survey by the international polling firm GlobeScan and the University of Maryland took place between October 2005 and January 2006. Mixed response The results on India's influence in the world are mixed, with most deciding not to answer one way or another. On average, 35% of the people polled said India had a positive influence, while 24% believed it has a negative influence. India's global role has grown significantly On average, 35% of the people polled said India had a positive influence, while 24% believed it has a negative influence. "Many more countries (22) countries gave it [India] a net positive rating (6), but nearly all of these are plurality positions (20 positive, 5 negative)," the poll said. Two countries, Iran and Afghanistan, overwhelmingly voted to say India had a positive influence in the world. In Iran, 71% had a positive view of India. In Afghanistan, 59% believed the same. The only country with widespread negative view about India's influence is the Philippines with 57% voting "mainly negative". Interestingly, Sri Lanka is upbeat about its big neighbour - 49% had a positive view, while only 4% were negative. India's nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan was not in the list of countries polled. India's nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan was not in the list of countries polled. The poll found European countries divided about India. Great Britain and Russia turned up most positive with over 47% having a positive view of India in the two countries. France and Finland viewed India most negatively - both being 44% negative and 27% positive. Indian cricket fan Nearly half of Indians have a favourable view of their country The US leans slightly positive towards India -39% had a positive view, while 35% thought negatively. The poll found that Indians themselves were the "most tepid or modest in their self-estimates". While in most countries a large majority give their country a positive rating, the picture is different in India. Only 47% of Indians had a positive view of their country. Only 10% had a negative view. A total of 1452 people above 18 years of age were polled in India. The margin of error in polling ranged from 2.5% to 4%.