A new poll of global attitudes shows that while international "Obamamania" has cooled, the president remains very popular overseas — particularly in the wealthier, non-Muslim nations of Western Europe.
And he gets high marks for his handling of the world economic crisis, except here at home, where the public is split on his performance.
"President Obama continues to be broadly popular in much of the world outside of Muslim countries," said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, which released its 22-nation, annual Global Attitudes poll Thursday.
"As a result, the image of the United States is a positive one and remains much better than during the Bush years," Kohut said Thursday.
The international image turnaround that Pew recorded last year after Obama’s election, he said, "has been sustained."
Obama, Kohut said, has "caged the 800-pound gorilla — concern about American power. ... Concern about American power isn’t gone, but it’s less salient."