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Poll: US more unpopular now in Middle East than during Bush administration

I wonder if this is “unexpected”:

The hope that the Arab world had not long ago put in the United States and President Obama has all but evaporated.

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.

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

Apparently “hope” isn’t selling anywhere.  And this isn’t a one-off problem either:

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. Pollsters began their work shortly after a major speech Obama gave on the Middle East, in which he spoke broadly of his vision in the Middle East and pressed Israel, in unusually frank terms, to reach a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

The findings are largely in line with those of a poll conducted in the spring of 2010 by the Pew Research Center, which also found favorable views of the United States and Obama slipping. As with the new poll, Obama got his worst ratings for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

So two plus years after the introduction of the Obama “unclenched fist”, we’re in worse shape than we were.

It’s also a repudiation of the claim that Obama was the driver of the “Arab Spring”.  Most people are unlikely to follow or find inspiration in someone of which they don’t think very highly.  And apparently,  according to this poll, that’s Barack Obama in the Middle East.

In five out of the six countries surveyed, the U.S. was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France — or Iran. Far from seeing the U.S. as a leader in the post-Arab Spring environment, the countries surveyed viewed "U.S. interference in the Arab world" as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East, second only to the continued Palestinian occupation. . . . President Obama’s favorable ratings across the Arab world are 10% or less.

Of course that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his apologists:

Zogby said that he was surprised that favorable attitudes toward the United States had actually dropped to levels below where they were in 2008. By the same token, he said, Obama has been burdened by the fact that “every one of the issues that he’s inherited has been more difficult than he or anyone else expected.”

Really? Yeah, this couldn’t be Obama’s fault.  The man has done nothing in the Israeli/Palestinian situation but beat up Israel and what has it gotten him?   Bupkiss.   No progress and this nation that is now less popular (and certainly less respected) than it was under the last president who was supposed to be the worst thing since Adolph Hitler if you listened to the left.

Wonder what they’ll say about this?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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14 Responses to Poll: US more unpopular now in Middle East than during Bush administration

  • McQ - No progress and this nation that is now less popular (and certainly less respected) than it was under the last president who was supposed to be the worst thing since Adolph Hitler if you listened to the left.
    Wonder what they’ll say about this?


    Oh, maybe something about diplomatic “headwinds” or some such.  If only the nasty ol’ CIA hadn’t FORCED Captain Bullsh*t to kill bin Laden!  And shoot Hellfire missiles at terrorists brave Muslim patriot freedom fighters in Pakistan and Yemen.  ANd if only the nasty ol’ oil companies didn’t stand in the way of green energy, which would mean that we wouldn’t be exploiting the Middle East for oil so that corporate fatcats can fly their fancy jets!  And those racist tea baggers in Congress!  They are the ones stopping him having totally fair, open, impartial trials of terrorists poor Muslims swept up by the racist Zionists in the CIA, still fighting Bush’s illegal wars of occupation.

    Maybe Captain Bullsh*t needs to go on another apology tour to tell the Muslim world how sorry he is for all the bad stuff America has done to them, and how he’ll fix it all just as soon as the racists and zionists and big oil and corporate fatcats and teabaggers stop blocking him.

    Amazing, ain’t it, that the guy who was supposed to be able to fix everything keeps making excuses for why he hasn’t been able to.  And his loyal followers keep buying the excuses.  My guess is that, to the extent that left will even acknowledge these poll results, they’ll blame Bush: “He made things SO bad that Obama hasn’t been able to fix things YET.  But just give him time.  Yessir, any day now, the magic of his personality and intellect will finally catch on, and all will be well.  Yep.  Aaaaaany day now.” Hell, Zogby as good as does this himself:

    Zogby said that he was surprised that favorable attitudes toward the United States had actually dropped to levels below where they were in 2008. By the same token, he said, Obama has been burdened by the fact that “every one of the issues that he’s inherited has been more difficult than he or anyone else expected.” [emphasis mine – dj505]

    Again, this is not what we were promised in the heady days of ’08: he was going to FIX those problems PDQ, not keep wallowing in them for years.  The libs would be funny if they weren’t so pathetic: they are like that idiot woman down in Florida who was CERTAIN the Captain Bullsh*t would pay her mortgage and buy her gas if he was elected, and is (apparently) surprised that this just didn’t happen.

    Behold the god who bleeds…

    • “Inherited” like he didn’t ask to do the job. Nope, he was just some college professor and then one day, poof, Uncle Sam died and made him president and he inherited these problems.

  • Obama made it worse.
    Whatever IT is.
    He made it worse.

  • Erp…??????
    Come eat your peas…!!!!

  • “every one of the issues that he’s inherited has been more difficult than he or anyone else expected.”

     
    Anyone else? Wait, what?

    •  If reality is tougher than your expectations, obviously it is reality that is at fault. And nobody else could possibly have thought differently. Very funny, really, in a ‘we are so screwed’  gallows humor way.

      • Sort of like a child leaving the nest for the first time. Life is a bit more difficult than it looked when mommy and daddy paid all the bills and did all the chores.

        • Letter from Obama:
           
          “Dear Folks, wow, this growing up stuff sure is hard!  The guy who lived in the apartment before me left a mess, and between vacations and golf, I just haven’t been able to get the place cleaned up.  I was wondering if you could send me some extra cash to hire someone with shovels to come in and clean it out.  I’m kinda busy, there’s a couple of girls I’m dating, and between that and golf, I just can’t manage to get this done myself.
           
          You don’t want me to live in squalor do you?  It’s time for you two to help me out, dig deep, ‘eat your peas’ as you used to tell me.
          Well, that’s all I have time for now, I’m out to hang with my buds, and then go on a date this evening.
          Send the money soon, or I’ll have to come back and live with you.
           
          Your loving Son
          Barry”

  • “Wonder what they’ll say about this?”  It is already there.  Obama inherited the problem from Bush.  I know it is old and bunk but that is usually it, “Blame Bush.”

  • Where’s Erb?
    Some of my lefty friends told me the best reason to elect Obama would be to repair our image in the world.
    How’s that working out? And we are only 2 years in.

    • “Where’s Erb?”

      *sigh*
      So YOU are the one who summoned the creature! A pox upon you.
      (See next thread/post/whatever)


    • Obama inherently has two failings with respect to the Arab world; he’s black and his father was Muslim.

      The black part is a problem with respect to Arab racism. The Muslim father part means that Obama is a Muslim, and hence an apostate.

      Further, anyone paying attention can figure out that Obama’s religious belief tends towards atheism, his stay in Wright’s church was for political reasons. Muslims don’t like athiests.

      Bush was a white man, a real Christian with a Christian father. Compared to a black apostate athiest, a much better man from the Muslim perspective.