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Damage Control: US Has Long Way to Go Before Image Fixed

During his first interview as president, Barack Obama said his "job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy." Well considering the level of dissatisfaction around the world, especially in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Obama may have little time for anything else.

According to a new Gallup poll, only in Sub-Saharan Africa do the majority of people (72 percent) approve of the job performance of the United State's leadership. Overall, only 34 percent of respondents around the world approve. And when it comes to what will help improve their views of the US, pulling out of Iraq, and closing Guantanamo Bay prison top the list of image-fixers.

Americans might actually agree with their international critics, considering only 31 percent of Americans think the country is going in the right direction.

Do you think significant gains in goodwill can be made in the near future?


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