Poll: US image around the world rebounds

The United States’ image around the world has rebounded over the last year, according to a Gallup survey released Thursday.

Across 130 countries, a median approval of U.S. leadership stood at 46 percent in 2013, the poll found. 

That’s up from the Obama administration's low of 41 percent in 2012. 

The approval bump comes after a year dominated by foreign policy challenges like the nuclear talks with Iran, the civil war in Syria and the leaks of intelligence secrets by Edward Snowden.

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At the beginning of President Obama's tenure, 49 percent of people around the world approved of U.S. leadership.  

Gallup has measured a 45 percent median approval rating of the U.S. in Asia, which is the highest level Gallup has recorded during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

The approval rating highlights how the U.S. may already be benefitting from Obama’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region.   

In Europe, a median of 41 percent approved of U.S. leadership last year — a rating that likely doesn’t reflect the cooling of relations amid the National Security Agency allegations last fall. 

Perceptions of U.S. leadership in the Americas remain stable at a median approval rating of 40 percent, but declined 4 percentage points to 64 percent in Africa last year. 

The results were based on 1,000 interviews Gallup conducted in 130 countries in 2012 and the same number in 2013.