Obama support plummets in Germany, Russia: study

US President Barack Obama waits for a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House on July 11, 2014 in Washington, DCGerman and Russian support for US President Barack Obama has nosedived in the past year over revelations of spying and tensions in Ukraine, an influential American research group said Monday. Obama’s overall favorability numbers have changed little since 2013 in the 44 nations surveyed, with a median of 56 percent expressing confidence he will “do the right thing in world affairs,” according to Pew’s sweeping survey of 48,643 adults in 44 nations. Israelis’ Obama favorability jumped 10 points year on year, to 71 percent, while the Chinese had a sudden infatuation with the US president, jumping 20 points to 51 percent favorability. “Revelations that Washington systematically reads both Americans’ and some foreigners’ emails and listens in on their telephone conversations appears to have significantly damaged Obama’s approval in only one European Union country: Germany,” Pew reported.

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