Survey: World’s opinion of US, Obama slips

Global overall confidence in and attitudes toward the United States have slipped since the beginning of President Barack Obama’s presidency, a new survey of 21 countries by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Projectshowed.

But while confidence in Obama — and with it the United States — fell, people in a large number of countries continued to say they were confident in the president’s foreign policy leadership, according to the poll. This did not hold true among many in predominantly Muslim countries, among them key American allies.

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About fbrinleybruton

F. Brinley Bruton has been a journalist for 15, and worked in Kabul, Mexico City, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now based in London, she is a editor, producer and senior writer at NBCNews.com, a leader in breaking news and original journalism online that gets over a billion page views a month. Before joining MSNBC.com -- which became NBCNews.com in 2012 -- Brinley wrote about security, business and finance, international development and women’s issues. She has worked at Reuters in London and New York, and her pieces have appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Long Island Newsday, The Star-Ledger, and Arabies Trends, among others. She also wrote and blogged for AlertNet, Reuters’ humanitarian news website.
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