New Polls: Majority of Americans, Arabs Disappointed in Obama


A new opinion poll has revealed that the majority of Americans believe their country is moving on the wrong track.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, a shocking 63 percent of American voters are dissatisfied with the current trend of affairs in their country, a three percent rise since June.

The increasing unemployment rates and a diminishing faith in the resolution of Washington's budget stalemate have led the Americans to develop a bleak outlook of the future.

Obama's popularity could yet suffer further blows, should he not succeed in creating jobs and prove incapable of solving problems, Ipsos pollster Julie Clark said.


On the Arab world level, another new poll says that a vast majority of people in the Arab world are not satisfied with US President Barack Obama and his administration's policies in the Middle East.

The poll released on Wednesday was conducted by the Arab American Institute in six Arab nations -- Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the survey, the US is viewed less favorably in much of the Arab world today than it was during the final year of the Bush administration.
When President Bush left office, 9 percent of Egyptians had a favorable attitude towards the US. After Obama was elected, that number jumped to 30 percent. But today, only 5 percent of Egyptians surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of the US and its president.

Similar figures in Jordan, the UAE, and Morocco show that the initial optimism in the region has been eclipsed by a widespread sense of disappointment with Obama and US policies.
Only 10 percent of the respondents in Jordan and 12 percent in the UAE have favorable attitudes towards the US in 2011.

Moreover, the poll also found that 88 percent of Moroccans think that Obama has not met the expectations laid out in his 2009 "Cairo speech."
Disappointment was highest in Lebanon, where 99 percent disapprove of Obama's policies, and in Saudi Arabia 77 percent felt let down. 

 

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