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Other countries have more faith in U.S.

Though only 22 percent of Americans trust the U.S. government, according to Pew Research Center surveys, the United States’ image in the rest of the world has increased sharply, buoyed by positive opinions about President Obama. For the first time since the BBC World Service’s annual poll began in 2005, America's influence in the world is now seen as more positive than negative. In the 27 countries surveyed, 46 percent of people said that the United States has a mostly positive influence on the world, while 34 percent said its influence was mostly negative. Only in Turkey and Pakistan did more than 50 percent of citizens surveyed have a negative view of the United States. (Aren't we glad we're giving all that foreign aid to Pakistan?) Germany was the most-favorably viewed nation in the survey (an average of 59 percent positive). The least-favorably viewed nation was Iran (15 percent positive), followed by Pakistan (16 percent), North Korea (17 percent), Israel (19 percent) and Russia (30 percent).