Thursday, July 23, 2009

U.S. Image Worldwide Improves With Obama

The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world, reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama the Pew Global Attitudes Project finds. The poll concludes that in many countries opinions of the U.S. are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade, before George W. Bush took office.

Improvements in the U.S. image have been most pronounced in Western Europe, where favorable ratings have soared. Opinions of America have also become more positive in key countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. However, the U.S. image has moved little in some predominantly Muslim countries, where deep concerns continue about U.S. policy and America's role in the world despite the president's popularity.

The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project conducted more than 26,000 interviews from May 18 to June 16 among 24 nations and the Palestinian territories. In addition to an in-depth examination of the image of America, this report examines attitudes toward the worldwide recession, globalization, China and other major powers, Islamic extremism, the environment and swine flu.

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