U.S. President Barack Obama’s popularity has boosted The United States image abroad even though deep suspicions about the U.S. persist in the Muslim world, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey of two dozen nations conducted this spring by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that positive public attitudes toward the United States have surged in many parts of the world since Obama’s election.
Positive opinions about the United States have returned to higher levels not seen since before President George W. Bush took office in 2001. The Bush presidency marked a steep decline in U.S. popularity overseas, notably after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, because of a perception that the post-9/11 war on terrorism was targeted at Muslims.
“The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world, reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama,” the center said in its annual Pew Global Attitudes Report. The only exception was Israel, where attitudes toward the U.S. have dipped since Bush left office. The improvements “are being driven much more by personal confidence in Obama than by opinions about his specific policies,” Pew reported.
In Africa, especially Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Obama is held in high regard and some families even give their new born babies the Obama name. His recent trip to Ghana has indeed cemented his African roots.
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