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Foreigners Like Obama More Than We Do

Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 11:23 AM

By Julie Crawshaw

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The quarterly poll of financial investors and analysts shows that foreigners think more highly of President Obama than we do.

In Europe and Asia, 87 percent of respondents say they view Obama positively, compared with just 49 percent in the United States, reports Bloomberg News.

His standing among American investors is even lower on economic matters: Only a quarter of U.S. poll respondents rate his economic policies as “good” or “excellent,” compared with more than half in Europe and Asia, Bloomberg reports.

Obama’s “stratospheric favorability ratings” outside the United States after five months in office happened in part because of his contrast to former President George W. Bush, poll analysts say.

“It speaks as much to the visceral distaste for George Bush outside of the U.S.,” polling firm head Anna Selzer says.

A plurality of all investors — 43 percent — rated Obama’s economic policies as good or excellent.

Twenty-eight percent said they are average and the same number described them as below average or poor.

Obama's approval rating in the month of July has been steadily under 60 per cent for the first time since he entered office and the president's policies on many issues are even less popular.

Only 49 per cent approve of his handling of health care and just 43 per cent are happy with his management of the country's deficit, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll released this week.

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