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article imageWorld Holds Negative View of U.S., but Confident in Obama

By Adekemi Sijuwade     Jul 8, 2009 in World
President Obama gains approval from 61% of respondents polled, but the world sees the U.S. as using its military force to control international affairs.
The world still has a negative view of U.S. foreign policy, but believes President Obama is on the right track, according to a recent poll released by WorldPublicOpinion.org.
These results come at the helm of President Obama’s trip to Russia, where he was received with normal, and not special recognition by the public – like “another dignitary passing through,” according to a New York Times article.
“The U.S. is criticized for coercing other nations with its superior power (15 of 19 nations), failing to abide by international law (17 of 19 nations), and for how it is dealing with climate change (11 of 18 nations). Overall, views are mixed on whether the U.S. is playing a mainly positive or mainly negative role in the world," said WorldPublicOpinion.org.
The poll also says the world believes the U.S. uses military force to its advantage with regards to international issues. However, when respondents were asked if President Obama will "do the right thing regarding world affairs," about 61 percent of respondents outside the U.S. say they have some or a lot of confidence.
WorldPublicOpinion.org sampled 19,923 respondents from April 4 to June 12 this year, in 20 nations that make up 62 percent of the world's population.
The countries polled include China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
WorldPublicOpinion.org is a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), University of Maryland.
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