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New survey shows Obama more popular abroad than at home

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Barack Obama is even more popular abroad than he is at home, according to a new survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Pew asked residents of 24 nations and the Palestinian Territories how much confidence they had in Mr. Obama do to the right thing in world affairs. Citizens of 10 countries rated Obama higher than Americans did.

Obama outpaces Bush

Some 74 percent of Americans said they had a lot or some confidence in the President’s ability on the world stage. That was a strong performance -- double the score earned by former president George W. Bush in 2008.

But Obama’s standing among his fellow citizens was eclipsed in several cases by how he is viewed overseas. The president earned the highest confidence rating -- 94 percent -- in Kenya where his father was born. The president was born in Hawaii.

Here is the percentage of individuals in selected countries expressing a lot or some confidence in Obama’s handling of world affairs:

Kenya 94 percent
Germany 93 percent
France 91 percent
Canada 88 percent
Nigeria 88 percent
Britain 86 percent
Japan 85 percent
S. Korea 81 percent
India 77 percent
Brazil 76 percent
US 74 percent

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