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Obama Lifts World Opinion Of U.s.

Fascinating, and mostly heartening, new numbers from a Pew poll:

For
the first time since Pew began making the comparison, people in Turkey,
Egypt, and Indonesia all predominantly Muslim nations expressed
greater confidence in the American president than in Osama bin Laden. 

Also, trust that America will "do the right thing" is up 70-plus percent across Western Europe.

One country where attitudes towards the U.S. haven't markedly changed: Israel, where Obama's standing dipped after his Cairo speech.

Full results here.

--Michael Crowley

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