By contrast, 25 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job performance of America's leadership, up from 21 percent in 2009.
The declines were driven primarily by souring opinions of the United States in Europe and Africa. A mere 36 percent of Europeans approve of American leadership, down from 47 percent at the start of Obama's first term. In Africa, seven in 10 approve of American leadership — an impressive number, but down 15 percent from just four years ago. The two nations that saw the sharpest drops from last year were Zambia (a loss of 24 percentage points) and Madagascar (down 22 points from last year.)
Still, American leadership scores far higher than it did during the Bush administration. In 2008, an even 34 percent both approved and disapproved of American leadership. In Europe, 58 percent disapproved while 18 percent approved, and in Asia, 38 percent disapproved while 31 percent approved.