BBC Poll Shows US International Opinion More Positive Under Obama
April 19, 2010
(ChattahBox) – In an annual poll gauging the trends in opinion on more than two dozen different countries, the United States has had a boost in popularity in what is being called proof of the ‘Obama Effect’.
The U.S’s image suffered greatly during the presidency of George W. Bush, and by 2007 the opinion of twenty eight countries polled had dropped to 28%, with most believing the States had a negative effect on the world.
This year, a year after Obama came into office and started to enact his foreign policy, the percentage has gone up to 40%.
“People around the world today view the United States more positively than at any time since the second Iraq war,” GlobeScan chairman Doug Miller said.
“While still well below that of countries like Germany and the UK, the global standing of the US is clearly on the rise again.”
Germany had the highest approval world-wide, while countries like China have gone down in esteem since 2009.
Kenya has the highest opinion of the U.S. at the moment, with the majority of those polled supporting their country, and expressing continued optimism at Barack Obama’s presidency.
The countries with the lowest ratings by poll are Iran, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and Russia.