Bush trumps Barack in the Arab world: President Obama is proving an embarrassing flop in the Middle East

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    Jul 14, 2011 12:05 PM GMT
    Not good for anyone - though predictable. Polling conducted by Democrat advisor Zogby.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100096840/bush-trumps-barack-in-the-arab-world-president-obama-is-proving-an-embarrassing-flop-in-the-middle-east/

    Today’s eye-opening Zogby poll for the Arab American Institute Foundation should be a wake-up call to the White House on its failing foreign policy. After two and a half years of bashing Israel, appeasing rogue regimes such as Iran and Syria, and promising a new era of relations with the Muslim world, Washington is now less popular in major Arab countries than it was when George W. Bush was in the White House.

    The poll surveys Arab opinion in six countries: Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and reveals that “Arabs see the Obama Administration’s handling of most Middle East policy issues as having made no contribution to improving US-Arab relations. Only on the issue of the “no-fly zone over Libya” do a majority of Saudis and plurality of Lebanese see a positive contribution.”
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    Jul 14, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    "After two and a half years of bashing Israel"??? That seems very unbiased. I'm sure the poll asked no leading questions at all.

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    Jul 14, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    Christian73 said"After two and a half years of bashing Israel"??? That seems very unbiased. I'm sure the poll asked no leading questions at all.



    Quote from the actual pollster, Zogby - the comments you quote are from the columnist:

    After improving with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, U.S. favorable ratings across the Arab world have plummeted. In most countries they are lower than at the end of the Bush Administration, and lower than Iran’s favorable ratings (except in Saudi Arabia).

    … While many Arabs were hopeful that the election of Barack Obama would improve U.S.-Arab relations, that hope has evaporated. Today, President Obama’s favorable ratings across the Arab World are 10% or less. Obama’s performance ratings are lowest on the two issues to which he has devoted the most energy: Palestine and engagement with the Muslim world.