Obama's Middle East Problem

  • August 27, 2010

President Barack Obama's meetings with Middle Eastern leaders next week will be his most extensive engagement yet with an issue that has been a weak spot in his largely positive international image.

When the spring 2010 Pew Global Attitudes survey, which was conducted in April and May, asked people in 22 countries around the world to rate Obama's performance on a variety of foreign policy issues, he received his lowest marks on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- and his ratings on this issue were especially negative in the Arab nations of the Middle East.

Read the full report, Obama's Middle East Problem on the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Web site.