By MARTIN FACKLER Published: December 4, 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/w...rush-of-good-will-for-us.html?ref=global-home TOKYO â€” A record 82 percent of Japanese report having friendly feelings toward the United States, according to results of an annual government poll released Sunday, in the first such survey taken since the American militaryâ€™s huge humanitarian effort last spring in Japanâ€™s tsunami-ravaged northeast. While the United States has consistently scored highly in the Cabinet Officeâ€™s annual poll of attitudes toward foreign countries, the latest result was the highest since the survey began in 1978. Only 15.5 percent of respondents reported not having a friendly attitude toward the United States, the lowest such result ever in the survey. Local media said the results reflected the good will created here by Operation Tomodachi, or â€œfriend,â€ in which 20,000 American military personnel and 20 warships helped with rescue and relief operations following the deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The reports also cited Japanâ€™s insecurities about the rise of neighboring China, which many Japanese look to the United States, and its large military presence in Japan, to keep in check. Such anxieties were reflected in Sundayâ€™s poll, which found that only 26.3 percent of respondents reported having friendly feelings toward China. Even that was a 6.3 percent improvement from last year, when a clash between Tokyo and Beijing over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain reinforced fears in Japan of Chinaâ€™s growing power. According to the Cabinet Office, 71.4 percent of respondents said they did not feel friendly toward China. The poll was conducted using a telephone survey of 3,000 voting age residents, with 63.7 percent responding. The poll did not give a margin of error, as is customary in Japan.