Who will take credit for improved views of the United States in BBC World Service poll? (updated)

Posted: 25 Apr 2010

BBC News, 19 Apr 2010: "Views of the US around the world have improved sharply over the past year, a BBC World Service poll suggests. For the first time since the annual poll began in 2005, America's influence in the world is now seen as more positive than negative. The improved scores for the US coincided with Barack Obama becoming president, a BBC correspondent notes. As in 2009, Germany is viewed most favourably while Iran and Pakistan are seen as the most negative influences. Nearly 30,000 people in 28 countries were interviewed for the poll, between November 2009 and February 2010." See also the report in detail (3MB pdf) and links to the right of the article.
Update: Radio France International, 23 Apr 2010: RFI, 24 Apr 2010: "United States President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are the world's two most popular leaders according to the results of a Radio France International and France 24 'world leaders barometer', published Friday. Obama won 77 per cent backing, in the sixth wave of the survey, which was carried out by Harris Interactive. This is one percentage point higher than in November. The Tibetan spiritual leader came into second place at 75 per cent, followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at 62 per cent." See also France 24, 23 Apr 2010, with link to complete results. The link to the report in English does not work, but the one to the report in French does. The poll was conducted in France, Germany, Spain, Britain, and Italy. This survey may measure awareness more than popularity.

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