U.S. image still favorable around the world, poll finds

65 percent of those surveyed said their image of the United States was favorable.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   July 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Despite drone use and questionable surveillance techniques, a global survey indicates the United States is still seen in a positive light in most parts of the world.

In 48,643 interviews in 44 countries during the spring of 2014, the Pew Research Center found aggressive U.S. anti-terrorism methods have not caused much damage to the United States' image.

The majority of respondents objected to U.S. surveillance of individuals' telephone calls, and in 39 of the 44 countries polled, majorities opposed U.S. drone strikes.

The report was released Monday.

"Despite these misgivings about signature American policies, a median of 65% across 43 nations express a positive opinion about the U.S." the Pew report said.

"And these overall ratings are little changed from 2013. This includes a median favorable rating of 74% in Africa, 66% in Europe, 66% in Asia, 65% in Latin America, but just 30% in the Middle East."

The United States is viewed more favorably than China in every area of the world except the Middle East, the survey said. The U.S.' global median approval rating of 65 percent beat China's rating of 39 percent.

Confidence in President Barack Obama to "do the right thing in world affairs" fell slightly worldwide, to 56 percent. However, it dropped from 88 percent to 71 percent in Germany, and from 69 percent to 52 percent in Brazil -- two countries that object to U.S. telephone surveillance methods after it was revealed cellphones of their leaders were tapped.

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