Obama Brightens World's View of U.S.

Despite earlier Pew polls reporting the rise in anti-Americanism throughout the world, especially in countries in the Middle East, Brooks said there is a basic faith people around the world in the nature of the U.S.

"The one thing people say, even in the Middle East, is that they like the way we do business here," Brooks said.

"There is a basic faith in the American way," agreed Kohut.

However many people around the world believe the United States has a double-standard when it comes to human rights and foreign affairs, Naim said.

"The world is obsessed, perhaps rightly so, with what's happening in Guantanamo Bay." he said.

'Obama Is Changing the World'

People around the globe are expressing an extraordinary level of excitement and interest in the U.S. election.

Many people around the world said they are paying "close attention," the survey found.

The positive view of Obama found in the survey is reflected in numerous media reports from around the world.

"For the time being, Barack Obama is changing the world," read the Times of London last week when Obama secured the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Most Germans see Sen. Obama as a kind of mixture of JFK and Martin Luther King," Karsten Voigt, Germany's envoy of trans-Atlantic relations on Germany's ARD/ZDF morning show gushed last week.

Germany's weekly magazine Der Spiegel published a cover story featuring Obama in February with the headline: "The Messiah Factor: Barack Obama and the Longing for a New America."

In France, Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope" has been translated into French and has been a top best-seller for months.

"People are very enthusiastic about Obama, because we have a mixed population in France and we have racial and ethnic problems. So it's a source of great excitement for young Frenchmen," Denis Lacorne, professor of political studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris told ABC News in March.

The survey also found that people around the world are worried about the global economy and blame the United States for having a negative impact on their countries' economies.

Assessments of people around the world of their economies dimmed in 2007 and 2008, and majorities in 18 of the 24 countries surveyed described economic conditions in their countries as bad, although those in China and India did not share in that pessimism.

"The American economy is now seen as having a considerable influence — and a negative impact … on national economies, both large and small, in all parts of the world," read the survey.

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