Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world failed

The latest report from the Pew Global Attitudes Project (click here to read full report) indicates that opinions towards US remain negative in many Muslim nations. In particular, Muslims in the Middle East are less impressed with Mr. Obama now than they were when he first delivered his message of hope and change to Cairo last year.

Obama’s administration undertook a series of changes in the outreach policy, in the attempt of showing proper respect to the people of the region and, in so doing, distancing itself from the George W. Bush administration. For example, The Washington Times reports that the phrase “Islamic radicalism” was banned from the lexicon, and “war on terrorism” has been replaced by “overseas contingency operation”.

This approach has failed to get the benefits expected. While many countries, particularly in Europe and Africa, express high confidence in Mr. Obama (he enjoys 95 percent approval in Kenya, for example), in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and South Asia, disapproval ranges from 56 percent to 65 percent.

The Pew report also notes that Mr. Obama “receives overwhelmingly low ratings from publics in predominantly Muslim countries for his job performance on Iraq and Afghanistan.” Approval ratings ranged from 4 percent to 22 percent, with disapproval ranging 53 percent to 84 percent. Low ratings of support are also encountered among pro-Iran Shia population in Lebanon, and Jewish Israelis and Muslims on the Israelian/Palestinian issue.

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  1. […] the popular man you once were, a year ago or so,” he crowed to Obama, ascribing his drop in popularity to the escalation of the U.S. wars […]

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