President Barack Obama faces a tough audience in the Muslim world when he makes a major speech Thursday on the fast changing landscape in northern Africa and the Middle East.
Despite his outreach to the Muslim world, and despite the pro-democracy uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere, both Obama and the United States are unpopular in several key Muslim countries, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.
Pew found that Obama is unpopular in all of the Muslim countries surveyed except Indonesia, where he spend part of his childhood. In Jordan, a U.S. ally, only 28 percent trust that Obama will do the right thing in world affairs, the center said. In Turkey, another U.S. ally, it’s just 12 percent.
Also, some of the keys of anti-U.S. sentiment remain strong in the region, including the belief that the U.S. acts unilaterally and poses a military threat.
The survey was conducted March 21-April 26 in Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories. It’s available at http://pewglobal.org/2011/05/17/arab-spring-fails-to-improve-us-image/.