A recent BBC World Service poll shows that foreigners favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, and not by a small amount. Of the 21 countries polled across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, an average of 50 percent would like to see Obama reelected, while only an average of 9 percent of those polled would like to see Romney win. An average of 10 percent of respondents can’t see a difference between the two major candidates.
But while Obama remains more popular abroad than his Republican opponent, his foreign approval ratings have declined from four years ago. As Matthew Feeney explains, much of this change in attitude has to do with Obama's foreign policy, which the world correctly sees as a continuation of the unpopular policies put in place by President George W. Bush.