Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Hate to Ask, But...

Could it get any worse?

Remember when you thought that at least with the election of Barack Obama, the US would be viewed more favorably by the rest of the world – particularly the Arab world?

Two and a half years after Obama came to office, raising expectations for change among many in the Arab world, favorable ratings of the United States have plummeted in the Middle East, according to a new poll conducted by IBOPE Zogby International for the Arab American Institute Foundation.


The poll was conducted over the course of a month among 4,000 respondents in six countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.


In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration.


Worse than Bush.

The killing of Osama bin Laden also worsened attitudes toward the United States.


Fewer than 10 percent of respondents described themselves as having a favorable view of Obama. The president’s ratings were the lowest on “the Palestinian issue” and “engagement with the Muslim world,” as the categories were described in the survey.

....but hey, do what you will anyway. They're probably thinking.

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