Obamamania Abroad: The Candidate Can Expect a Warm Welcome in Europe, Not So in the Middle East

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Richard Wike


07/16/2008 - By all accounts, Barack Obama will be greeted with enthusiasm as he travels in Europe. "Across the continent," declares the Economist, "Bush hatred has been replaced by Obamamania." Financial Times columnist Philip Stephens writes that anticipation of Obama's visit is so intense, "Europe can scarcely contain itself." Obama T-shirts have been spotted on the streets of Berlin and the internet is full of Facebook groups with names like Brits for Barack and France 4Ob.

Polls certainly show considerable excitement about the presumptive Democratic nominee: A recent Pew Global Attitudes survey found that, among Europeans paying attention to the presidential contest, large majorities voice confidence in Obama.1 Meanwhile, relatively few have a positive opinion of his Republican rival, John McCain.

But Obama's coming trip will also take him into less friendly territory. When the Illinois senator lands in Jordan, he will find a public that, like others in the region, holds overwhelmingly negative views about the United States and remains skeptical about the future of American foreign policy, regardless of who is elected in November.

Read the complete findings Obamamania Abroad: The Candidate Can Expect a Warm Welcome in Europe, Not So in the Middle East on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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