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Pew: Global View of Obama Sours; China Seen as Economic Leader

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:10 PM EDT

Ever since he took office, President Barack Obama has seen his global approval ratings slip, and he's taking a good chunk of the world's opinion of the U.S. down with him, a Pew Research Center poll shows.

Confidence in Obama has fallen across the board in Europe, Muslim countries, Russia, China, Japan and in Mexico, Pew reports, comparing 2009 figures with 2012 numbers.

Confidence in the U.S. has fallen in Europe, Muslim countries, China and Mexico, with improvements seen in Russia and Japan.

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"The Obama era has coincided with major changes in international perceptions of American power – especially U.S. economic power," Pew says in a statement.

"The global financial crisis and the steady rise of China have led many to declare China the world’s economic leader, and this trend is especially strong among some of America’s major European allies."

Foreign affairs appear to be hurting the U.S. president as well.

"There remains a widespread perception that the U.S. acts unilaterally and does not consider the interests of other countries. In predominantly Muslim nations, American anti-terrorism efforts are still widely unpopular. And in nearly all countries, there is considerable opposition to a major component of the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policy: drone strikes," Pew adds.

"In 17 of 20 countries, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremist leaders and groups in nations such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia."

Other polls show a growing homegrown disapproval in the direction America is headed.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending June 10 shows that 29 percent of likely U.S. voters say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest since April.

"When President Obama assumed office in January 2009, voter optimism rose to 27 percent, then climbed into the 30s, peaking at 40 percent in early May of that year. In 2010, confidence steadily decreased," Rasmussen Reports concludes.

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