World Thinks Better of US With Obama at Helm: Poll

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 2:02 PM CDT
President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s election has increased America’s standing in the world, new polling shows. Global attitudes toward the US have been bolstered by Obama’s election to levels not seen since the Clinton administration, the New York Times reports. In Indonesia, for instance, where the president spent part of his childhood, 73% of respondents said their opinion of the US improved with Obama’s election.

The French and Germans both have more confidence in the US president than in their own leaders, and 86% of Britons trust Obama to do the “right thing.” Last year, only 16% of Britons had the same opinion of President Bush. The percentage of Israelis with that perception of Obama fell, however, from 60% to 49%. Most polled also have a dim view of Obama’s plan to increase troop levels in Afghanistan.