Poll: U.S. Image Abroad Up Under Obama

Publication: NPR

07/23/2009 - A new poll of global attitudes toward the U.S. shows dramatic improvements in opinions in Western Europe, but continuing deep animosity in much of the Muslim world.

"Views about the U.S. in many of these Muslim countries are very extreme," Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, tells Robert Siegel. "They are very hostile, and there's great distrust of the United States and that's why in six months, [President] Obama couldn't turn it around the way he's turned it around in Western Europe."

Obama was able to turn it around dramatically in Western Europe, the poll by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found. Kohut says when the results first came in, he didn't believe them.

Listen to Robert Siegel's story Poll: U.S. Image Abroad Up Under Obama on NPR's Web site.

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