10/09/2009 - Today's news that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is another sign of his international appeal. Across much of the globe, publics give Obama positive ratings, and his election effectively turned around America's negative image in many countries. Still, America's image challenges persist in much of the Muslim world, where enthusiasm for the new president is relatively low.
A 25-nation Pew Global Attitudes survey conducted in May-June of this year highlighted the extent of Obama's popularity, especially among many of America's traditional allies in Western Europe. A remarkable 93% of Germans said they had confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, as did 91% in France and 86% in Britain. This was a dramatic shift from 2008, when only 14% of Germans, 13% of the French, and 16% of the British had expressed confidence in then President George W. Bush.
Read the complete commentary Obama's Nobel Prize on the Pew Research Center's Web site.