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Global Opinion of President Obama, US Mixed

President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in the Oval Office. (White House Photo/ Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in the Oval Office. (White House Photo/ Pete Souza)
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A new international opinion poll indicates that U.S. President Barack Obama and his policies are more favorably regarded in Europe than in the Muslim world.

The U.S.-based Pew Research Center conducted a survey of people living in 21 nations and found that attitudes towards the U.S. are generally more positive now than in 2008, when Obama was elected.  The center said the biggest improvements in America's image have occurred among Europeans, but that in a number of "strategically important" Muslim nations America's image has not improved.

The survey found a sizable majority of Europeans remain largely confident in Obama and approve of his policies, and that has translated into sizable support for the president's re-election bid this year.  The survey also discovered wide support for Obama and his re-election in Japan and Brazil.

But less than 30 percent of those surveyed in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan express confidence in Obama, and there is little enthusiasm in the Middle East for a second term for the president, with majorities in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon opposed to his re-election.


However, Obama receives higher approval ratings than his predecessor, George W. Bush, both in Europe and in many predominantly Muslim nations.

The Pew survey also found worldwide opposition to President Obama's increasing use of unmanned aircraft, known as drones, to kill suspected terrorists.  In 17 of 20 nations, more than half of those responding disapprove of drone attacks in nations like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. 

But the drone attacks are approved by 62 percent of Americans.

In another finding, a majority of respondents, especially in Europe, believe China has overtaken the United States as the world's top economic power. 

The Pew Research Center says more than 26,000 people took part in the survey, which was conducted from March 17 to April 20.


Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: Conrad Brean from: Behind Enemy Lines
July 09, 2012 4:40 AM
Obama is G.W. Bush incarnate. A once constitutional lawyer who flagrantly abuses the rule of civilized law to further the agenda of US empire. A shame on all Americans, African Americans and humans in general.


by: JR from: Brazil
June 13, 2012 10:57 AM
Free countries based on democratic rule see Democratics better than Republicans, this occur, I think, because some of them let the positive image around the world, people like Kennedy, Clinton, Al Gore and Obama himself got to put their maks of the winning manner.

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by: Dave from: Detroit
June 14, 2012 4:09 AM
Why were no countries in Africa polled?

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