Obama More Highly Regarded Than Bush Abroad: Pew

| by Robert Fowler
Mexico President Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack ObamaMexico President Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is finishing his second term with high approval ratings from several prominent countries. Furthermore, the world's perception of the U.S. has overall improved since Obama took office.

On June 29, Pew Research Center released its findings from an exhaustive survey that spanned 10 European countries, four Asia-Pacific countries, Canada and the U.S. itself.

The polling found that much of the world has a lot of confidence in President Obama, especially when compared to his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

Comparing its findings to previous surveys, Pew determined Obama polls highly in France, Germany, Spain and the U.K., Western European nations whose confidence in Bush was below 30 percent during his final year in office in 2008.

Those countries also perceive the U.S. to be a more formidable economic power in the last four years.

The median percentage of those countries saying the U.S. was the leading world economic power was only 28 percent while China scored 57 percent in 2012. As of 2016, the U.S. has retaken the lead with 40 percent while China sits in second with 35 percent.

Confidence in Obama's judgment is uniformly strong in most of the countries surveyed. A whopping 93 percent of respondents in Sweden have confidence Obama to do the right thing regarding world affairs.

Confidence in Obama ranged from 75 to 86 percent in major countries such as Germany, France, Australia, Canada and Japan. Even 52 percent of residents in China have confidence in him. The only country where the majority of respondents did not have much faith in Obama was Greece with 41 percent.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has received generally positive ratings from roughly two-thirds of all countries surveyed, although she is noticeably less popular than Obama. Confidence in her ranges from 60 to 70 percent in Germany, France, Australia, Canada and Japan.

To say that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump does not inspire much confidence in other countries would be putting it delicately -- the survey found the business mogul has low confidence ratings from other countries, with many only approving of him by single digits.

The country with the highest level of confidence in Trump is China, with 22 percent.

Averaging the last 10 surveys on the U.S. presidential race going back to June 19, Real Clear Politics found Clinton currently leads Trump by 4.8 percentage points in the polls.

As of June 27, President Obama has a job approval rating of 52 percent in the U.S., according to Gallup.

Sources: GallupPew Research Center, Real Clear Politics / Photo credit: Presidencia de la Republica Mexicana/Flickr

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