Jun 17 2010
Apparently kissing the feet of enemy leaders doesn’t help you much, but dissing your allies endears you to the entitlement whores as Obama is still relatively popular in the Socialist/ Marxist countries of Europe.
President Barack Obama is more popular abroad than he is at home, with confidence that he will act in the world’s interest remaining high in Western Europe while declining in Muslim countries.
The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that overall opinion of Obama remains broadly positive in most non-Muslim nations.When asked whether the U.S. president would “do the right thing” in world affairs, 87 per cent in France, 90 per cent in Germany and 84 per cent in Britain expressed confidence in Obama.
But among Americans, confidence in Obama slipped from 74 per cent in 2009 to 42% in the latest polls as of June 16, 2010.
“Publics worldwide continue to have more confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama’s ability to handle world affairs than in the abilities of key European leaders,” the Pew Research Center poll said’
In many countries around the world, confidence in Obama is high, the poll showed: 76 per cent in Japan, 75 per cent in South Korea, 73 per cent in India and 67 per cent in Indonesia.* In Africa, the confidence levels were 84 per cent in Nigeria and 95 per cent in Kenya. But in Russia, President Dmitri Medvedev gets a far more favorable rating than Obama — by 33 percentage points. In many Muslin nations aside from Indonesia, confidence in Obama and the image of the United States was weak or slipping. (*Judging by these anti-Obama protest photos, I’d take that number for Indonesia with a grain of salt)
“Publics of other largely Muslim countries (outside Indonesia) continue to hold overwhelmingly negative views of the U.S.,” the report said.
“In both Turkey and Pakistan — where ratings for the U.S. have been consistently low in recent years — only 17 per cent hold a positive opinion” of the United States.
“In Egypt, America’s favorability rating dropped from 27 per cent to 17 per cent — the lowest percentage observed in any of the Pew Global Attitudes surveys conducted in that country since 2006.”
In Pakistan, only eight per cent said Obama would “do the right thing” in world affairs, down from 13 per cent a year earlier.