In announcing the results of the survey on Thursday, Pew President Andrew Kohut said, “The only places where we see real disapproval or thumbs down to Obama winning reelection is in the Muslim countries.”
For the survey, people were asked in person and by telephone, “Would you like U.S. President Barack Obama to be reelected or not?”
For Egypt, 76 percent of respondents said no. In Jordan, 73 percent said no; Lebanon, 62 percent no; and Pakistan, 49 percent no.
In Turkey, respondents were more evenly divided, with 39 percent saying yes to Obama being reelected, 30 percent no, and 31 oercent saying “don’t know/refused [to answer].”
“When we asked people about reelection of Barack Obama, we find large percentages of Europeans – majorities in just about every country save Greece – saying they’d like to see Obama reelected,” Kohut said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday. “We find most Brazilians and Japanese agreeing.”
Obama’s approval ratings on international policies also have slipped, according to the survey, in Europe and even more so in Muslim-dominant countries.
In Europe, Obama’s approval rating is down from 78 percent to 63 percent. In predominantly Muslim countries, approval ratings on Obama’s international policies is down from 34 to 15 percent.
Kohut said opposition to Obama’s drone policy and the perception that the United States acts unilaterally influenced the slip in approval ratings on international policies.