■ U.S., Obama’s Image Remains Positive Worldwide

While Republicans and other right-wingers claim that President Barack Obama has inflicted unprecedented damage on Washington’s global reputation, a major new global survey suggests that the image of the U.S. remains generally positive.

A Pew survey, which was based on nearly 50,000 interviews of respondents in 44 countries, found that the U.S. remains substantially more popular than China, widely considered Washington’s nearest geopolitical rival, in every major region except the Middle East.

A global median of 65 percent of respondents said they held a positive view of the U.S., with majorities in 30 of 43 nations (not including the U.S. itself) expressing a favorable opinion.

As for Obama himself, the first U.S. African-American president remains broadly popular, with a median approval rating of 56 percent—about 15 percentage points higher than in the U.S. itself—with half or more of the public in 28 of the 44 countries expressing confidence that he will “do the right thing” in world affairs.

(Inter Press Service)

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