The Obama Effect: US more popular in Germany:

A recent poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org finds that German public opinion of the United States has improved notably in recent months. Asked if the U.S. is playing “a mainly positive or mainly negative role in the world,” the positive side won 44% to 34%. Last year, “mainly positive” had only 20% support. An amazingly high 89% of Germans trusted Obama to do the right thing regarding world affairs.

The German public does disapprove, by 37% to 54%, of Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan, and by 52% to 42%, favors immediately ending Germany’s participation in that war.