Obama Slips in Polls — Globally

by Patrick Brennan

A new Pew research poll demonstrates that perceptions of President Obama and the U.S. overall have soured slightly since 2009, though they remain higher than they did before 2009. They explain:

Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.

Europeans and Japanese remain largely confident in Obama, albeit somewhat less so than in 2009, while Muslim publics remain largely critical. A similar pattern characterizes overall ratings for the U.S. – in the EU and Japan, views are still positive, but the U.S. remains unpopular in nations such as Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, support for Obama has waned significantly in China. Since 2009, confidence in the American president has declined by 24 percentage points and approval of his policies has fallen 30 points. Mexicans have also soured on his policies, and many fewer express confidence in him today.

Pew also notes: “In nearly all countries, there is considerable opposition to a major component of the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policy: drone strikes. In 17 of 20 countries, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremist leaders and groups.”

Interestingly, opinions of American “soft power” have actually improved slightly, with marginally higher support for the spread of American technology and pop culture, democracy, and ways of doing business.

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