THE WORLDPOST
03/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

World Optimistic About Obama Presidency: Poll

One of the many problems that the Obama administration inherited from Bush and the conservatives is America's abysmal image around the world. It is therefore good news that recent polling data finds the world's publics in an optimistic mood about relations between the United States and other countries.

A BBC World Service poll found that an average of two-thirds of the public in 17 countries believe the Obama presidency will produce improved U.S. relations with the rest of the world. Just 19 percent said relations would stay the same, and only 5 percent thought they would get worse.

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