I don’t disagree with you about the polls, and that’s why even though I edited for brevity, I still left the part about Zogby’s involvement (and his brother being CEO of the company that conducted the poll).
Although I do sense that Obama is missing in international popularity. I read a lot of Latin American (Spanish printed) and European press (in addition to American) and it seems that while he was once hailed as a “savior figure” (at least when compared to Bush and how Bush was perceived both in Europe and Latin America), nowadays the press is rather critical of him and his policies. So, I would expect the same to be the case in the Arab world. Perhaps not as dramatically as these figures show, but probably in a more skeptical and less forgiving way than it used to be when he became president.
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