Confidence in Obama is still below 50 pecent in all of those countries--the lowest being Pakistan at 13 percent, and the highest being Lebanon at 46 percent.
Favorability of the U.S. remains low in those countries. It's 25.33 percent on average, with Lebanon standing at a notable exception with 55 percent favorability toward the U.S. That's gone up 2.8 percent on average, not counting the Palestinian territories, for which there was no data last year.
Pakistan is the only of those countries where favorability has decreased: it dropped three poitns, from 19 last year to 16 in 2009.
The Muslim counties polled were those listed above, plus Indonesia. Obama is wildly popular there, as discussed below--likely because he spent part of his childhood there--so I've left it out of this update.)
An irony here is that attitudes toward the U.S. have dipped in Israel.
Given that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict--and U.S. support for the
Jewish state--is a prime complaint cited by anti-U.S. hardliners in the
Muslim world, one might think that a drop in popularity among Israelis
would correspond to a surge in Muslim support, as the Obama
administration has been tougher in its dealings with Israel than the
Bush administration had.
But not so. Opinions rose slightly in Egypt and Jordan, but Obama's
high-profile address to the Muslim world in Cairo this summer
apparently has yet to mend the fences Obama sought out.
That speech was meant to pave the way toward better relations, and perhaps it has. But according to Pew, Obama's not there yet.
A BBC survey in March reported Muslim populations in Turkey (51 percent) and Egypt (58 percent) were optimistic that Obama would improve America's relations with the rest of the world. Today's report of deep mistrust are about achievement, not aptitude: they simply prove Obama hasn't won people over--not that he can't.
Indonesia, apparently, is basically in his pocket, probably because he spent part of his childhood there (of which 80 percent of Indonesians are aware). More than 70 percent expressed confidence in him, according to Pew's numbers. And that's a good thing: the Council on Foreign Relations earmarked Indonesia as a haven for terrorists four years ago, so it's strategically advantageous to have a foothold of popularity there. Only 23 percent of Indonesians had confidence in Bush.
It's important for Western Europe to love Obama: France, Britain, and Germany represent key allies and powerful international players, the former as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council; Bush's tenure marked a deterioration of relations with France, especially, and domestic criticism aimed at Tony Blair for his allegiance to America. Obama is a liberal, and it makes sense that Western Europeans have reveled in the defeat of Bush's party in 2008.