Obama’s Leadership Losing Luster Abroad, Poll Shows (CNS) CYBERCAST NEWS SERVICE) By Patrick Goodenough 04/20/12)
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(CNSNews.com) – People in many parts of the world viewed U.S.
leadership under President Obama less favorably in 2011 than they did
a year earlier, with a new poll showing Egypt, Argentina, Serbia and
Iran accounting for the lowest approval rates in Africa, Latin
America, Europe and Asia, respectively.
Only 19 percent of respondents in Egypt, 25 percent in Argentina,
eight percent in Serbia and nine percent in Iran said they approved
of the “job performance of the leadership of the U.S.” in 2011,
according to the U.S.-Global Leadership Project poll, released by
Gallup and the Meridian International Center.
Median approval ratings for America’s leadership under Obama across
116 countries surveyed in 2010 and 2011 dropped from 47 percent to 43
percent over that one-year period.
Looking at the period since he became president in 2009, the approval
ratings dropped in many of the countries surveyed on all continents –
in some cases significantly. The trend is most evident in the
Americas, with Africa and Europe close behind.
The biggest declines over the 2009-2011 period were recorded in
Slovenia (a 32 point drop since 2009), Mexico (-27 points), Panama (-
27 points), Chad (-24 points) and Croatia (-21 points).
Other countries where approval dropped from 2009-2011 include Japan (-
20 points), Uruguay (-20 points), Greece (-19 points), Chile (-18
points), Argentina (-17 points), Germany (-17 points), Afghanistan (-
16 points), Tanzania (-14 points), Brazil (-14 points), Venezuela (-
14 points), Colombia (-14 points), Niger (-14 points), South Africa (-
13 points), Spain (-12 points), Egypt (-12 points), Ireland (-12
points), Uganda (-12 points), France (-10 points), India (-10
points), Canada (-10 points) and Kenya (-10 points).
“Although the image of U.S. leadership is showing some cracks in the
third year of President Barack Obama’s presidency, it remains more
positive worldwide than during the last years of the Bush
administration,” the report said. “U.S. leadership ratings in 2011
failed to regain the momentum they lost in 2010, and instead remained
static or retreated even more in some places.”
Among the findings of interest for the 2010-2011 period:
In Africa, median approval dropped 10 points, from 84 percent in 2010
to 74 percent last year.
The lowest rates were in North Africa, with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
and Tunisia all recording less than 40 percent approval. The “Arab
spring” revolution did not affect Egypt’s year-on-year scores, while
in Tunisia the score rose eight points between 2010 and 2011. Libya,
which also underwent a dramatic transition last year, was not among
the countries surveyed.
In sub-Saharan Africa, approvals were generally high, ranging from 92
percent in Ghana to 63 percent in Chad.
The biggest drops in approval in Africa between 2010 and 2011 were
recorded in Liberia (-25 points), Central African Republic (-21
points), South Africa (-18 points) and Cameroon (-18 points).
Accounting for the largest increases in approval over that period
were Mauritania and Tunisia (+8 points each).
In the Americas, median approval of U.S. leadership under Obama
dropped from 46 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2011.
Approval rates of above 50 percent were recorded in only three out of
22 countries surveyed – Haiti, El Salvador and Canada.
Of the rest, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica were at the higher end
of the scale, while Argentina and Mexico were at the bottom. Biggest
losses in approval were in Panama (-24 points) and Chile (-21 points)
while only two countries (Dominican Republic and Honduras) accounted
for gains – of just one point each.
In Europe, median approval dropped from 45 percent in 2010 to 42
percent in 2011
U.S. leadership under Obama rated the lowest approval in Serbia,
Belarus and Russia, and the highest in Kosovo, Albania and Ireland.
The gulf between approval rates in Kosovo (90 percent) and Serbia
(eight percent) “likely reflects U.S. support for Kosovo’s
independence from Serbia,” the report noted.
The biggest positive shifts in Europe came from Belgium (+15 points)
and Britain (+13 points), while the biggest declines were recorded in
Sweden (-15 points), France (-13 points) and Spain (-12 points).
In Asia, median approval of American leadership under Obama dropped
slightly, 41 percent in 2010 to 39 percent last year.
Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines topped the list for high
approval rates, while Iran, the Palestinian Authority areas and India
were at the low end of the scale.
The biggest drops in approval in Asia between 2010 and 2011 were
recorded in Bangladesh (-17 points), Australia (-13 points) and
Afghanistan (-12 points). The largest increases in approval over that
period were in Cambodia (+11 points) and Pakistan (+8 points).
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