Obama and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev at a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Monday, July 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s popularity has boosted America’s image abroad even though deep suspicions about the U.S. persist in the Muslim world, according to a poll released Thursday.
The survey of two dozen nations conducted this spring by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that positive public attitudes toward the United States have surged in many parts of the world since Obama’s election.
Positive opinions about the United States have returned to higher levels not seen since before President George W. Bush took office in 2001. The Bush presidency marked a steep decline in U.S. popularity overseas, notably after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, because of a perception that the post-9/11 war on terrorism was targeted at Muslims.