A world survey by the BBC and GlobeScan shows that America's image abroad is no longer plummeting. The New York Times reports the results: Views of US influence in the world, although predominantly negative, have improved in 11 of the 23 countries polled last year; the view that the US exerts a negative influence abroad declined from 52% to 47%; and positive views of the US that had been deteriorating since 2005 have recovered for the first time this year to 32%.
In mid-March, the Times spoke to Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France, about the US's battered image. He said that whoever succeeds President Bush might restore something of the United States' battered image and standing overseas, but that “the magic is over.”
According to Reuters, pollsters involved in the BBC World Service survey said the US presidential elections contributed to the changing views of the US.
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