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Obama Lifts World Opinion Of U.s.

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

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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