"A new global poll has found a vast improvement in views of the U.S. since the election of President Barack Obama.
But the poll, taken by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, also found broad opposition to one of Obama's key policies – sending more troops to Afghanistan – and a less favorable view of the U.S. among Israelis compared with previous surveys."
That last point may actually be a good thing.
"In 21 of the 24 countries surveyed, an average of 71 percent of respondents had at least some confidence in the U.S. president's handling of world affairs, the Pew report found. In 2008, when President George W. Bush was in the White House, the figure in those same countries was only 17 percent."
See : http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/DN-uspoll_24int.ART.State.Edition1.4bee3c7.html.
But all is not well in the best of worlds :
"President Barack Obama's tumbling poll numbers have dipped below those of his predecessor George W. Bush at the same point in his White House tenure, according to a national poll released Tuesday.
Obama's approval rating is 55 percent six months into his presidency, a USA Today/Gallup poll found. But 56 percent of those polled approved of the job done by George W. Bush after six months, the daily reported."
See : http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090721/ts_alt_afp/uspoliticsobama.
Americans see at closer hand than the rest of the world what the president means for their country, and most of them apparently do not really care about the rest of the world.
But then, polls will be polls, and statistics will be statistics