Monday, May 31, 2010

Obama's Approval Drops, Despite Gestures to Arab World - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

Obama's Approval Drops, Despite Gestures to Arab World - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

United States President Barack Obama enjoys lower approval ratings in Arab countries in 2010 than he did in 2009, despite overtures to the Arab world. A Gallup poll showed approval of Obama's performance dropping in Egypt, Algeria, Mauritania and Lebanon.

Approval was lowest in the Palestinian Authority at just 16%, but was not significantly lower than in 2009. The highest rate of approval by far was in Mauritania, where Obama had 69% support; next in line was Algeria with just 30% approval.

Polls were conducted in February and April of 2010, in advance of the one-year anniversary of Obama's Cairo address, in which he expressed the desire to rebuild America's ties with the Muslim world. Obama's approval rose significantly in several Arab League nations following the address.


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