Opinion of U.S. and Obama Mixed Globally
An opinion poll taken internationally indicates that President Obama and his policies are received more favorably throughout Europe than the Muslim World. Pew Research Center, based in the United States, conducted a new survey of people in 21 different nations. The results found that the attitudes towards Obama and the U.S. tend to be more positive at present than when he was running for president in 2008.
The results said the biggest improvements in the image of America occurred amongst Europeans, but in a number of Muslim nations that are strategically important, the image of the United States has not improved. A large majority of Europeans are still confident in Obama and are in agreement with his different policies. That in turn, has translated to a great deal of support for him in his reelection bid in 2012. The survey also uncovered wide support for his reelection in both Brazil and Japan.
However, fewer than 30% of the people surveyed in Jordan, Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt expressed confidence in President Obama, and in the Middle East, the enthusiasm is little for Obama to have a second term, with the majority of people in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt opposed to Obama’s reelection.
Obama does have higher ratings than did George W. Bush, his predecessor, both in countries in Europe and many of the nations that are predominantly Muslim. The survey by Pew found that opposition to President Obama’s use of unmanned drones was increasing worldwide. In all but three of 20 nations, over 50% of the respondents were against the unmanned attacks in countries like Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. However, 62% of Americans favor the drone attacks.