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?