They May Love Obama, But Still Don't Like US

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama is viewed favorably around the world, but his popularity hasn't worked any magic on the image of the US, Tom Schaller writes on FiveThirtyEight. A new poll of people in 20 countries finds the average global opinion of the role the US plays in the world is 41% negative to 39% positive, about the same as it was a year ago. “Most people around the world seem to have a positive view of the young new captain at the helm of the American ship of state,” the authors write, “though many people see this huge ship as still carrying forward domineering policies."

US policy is much more popular in Western Europe and Africa than in the Muslim world and China. Positives range from a high of 81% in Kenya to a low of 10% in Pakistan; negatives from 72% in Turkey to 15% in Taiwan and Kenya.