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The 22 Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey published on 17 June makes interesting reading.

US favourability rating

• Overwhelmingly favourable in Western Europe: eg 73% in France and 63% in Germany.
• Improved sharply in Russia (57%), up 13% since 2009, in China (58%), up 11% and in Japan (66%), up 7%.
• Highly positive in South Korea (79%), Poland (74%) and Brazil (62%).
• Positive marks in India (66%) but 10% down from 2009.
• Slipped slightly in Indonesia (59%).
• Publics of other largely Muslim countries continue to be overwhelmingly negative. Turkey and Pakistan both 17%.
• Tumbled in Mexico (56%) down 13%.

Will do the right thing in world affairs

• All more negative since 2009 except Russia (+4% to 41%) and Kenya (+1% to 95%).
• Biggest falls in Argentina & Mexico (- 12% each) and China & Turkey (-10%).
• Highest are Germany (90%), France (87%), UK (84%) & Spain (69%): Japan (76%),S Korea (75%), India (73%) & Indonesia (67%).
• By far the least favourable was Pakistan (8%).
• Despite a 10% drop China still favourable (52%).

Barack Obama

• Broadly positive in most non-Muslim nations, with national median confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs at 71%, and overall approval of his policies was 64%.
• Large percentages in Germany (88%), France (84%), Spain (76%) and Britain (64%) back the president’s policies.
• Similarly in the two African nations polled Obama gets high marks Kenya (89%) & Nigeria (74%).

Muslim views of Obama

• Among Muslim publics, except Indonesia where Obama lived for several years as a child, the modest levels of confidence and approval observed in 2009 have slipped markedly.
• Egypt (31%) down 10% & Turkey (23%) down 10% from 33%.
• Only 8% of Pakistani Muslims expressed confidence in Obama, down 5%.

Reactions to American Policies

• In contrast to the Bush years, there is substantial majority support for US anti-terrorism efforts in France 67-33%), Germany (59-37%), UK (58-31%) & Spain (56-38%).
• Major increases in support in two countries struggling with terrorism: Russia (70-15%) & Indonesia (67-23%).
• Strong support in India (65-24%), Brazil 62-29%), Kenya (75-20%) & Nigeria (75-25%).
• Most Muslim countries strongly opposed.
• Substantial opposition in many countries where US is fairly well-regarded, including Japan and South Korea.
• The war in Afghanistan remains largely unpopular.
• Only in the UK (49-45%), S Korea (49-38%), Kenya (57-25%) & Nigeria (44-41%) majorities were not against troop withdrawal.

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