Published On: Thu, Jun 14th, 2012

Global Approval of President Obama Falls, Especially on International Policies

President Barack Obama’s global approval rating has slipped since he took office, while confidence in him and attitudes towards the U.S. slipped modestly, according to the PEW Research Center.

Europeans and Japanese remain largely confident in Obama, however Muslims remain largely critical. In the EU and Japan, views are still positive, but the U.S. remains unpopular in nations such as Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan. Support for Obama also fell significantly in China, with confidence in the American president falling by 24 percentage points and approval of his policies has fallen 30 points.

According to PEW, there remains a widespread perception that the U.S. acts unilaterally and does not consider the interests of other countries. There are also concerns that the U.S. uses its power, in particular its military power, in international affairs. In nearly all countries, there is considerable opposition to Obama’s anti-terrorism policy involving drone strikes.

Americans are the clear outliers on this issue – 62% approve of the drone campaign, including most Republicans (74%), independents (60%) and Democrats (58%).

These are among the principal findings from a 21-nation survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project from March 17-April 20.

The poll also finds that, despite disappointment with Obama’s policies, there is still considerable support for his re-election in many countries, especially in Europe. Roughly nine-in-ten in France (92%) and Germany (89%) would like to see him re-elected, as would large majorities in Britain (73%), Spain (71%), Italy (69%) and the Czech Republic (67%). Most Brazilians (72%) and Japanese (66%) agree. But in the Middle East there is little enthusiasm for a second term – majorities in Egypt (76%), Jordan (73%) and Lebanon (62%) oppose Obama’s re-election.

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