The age of Obama apparently continued to bring benefits to the U.S. in the court of world public opinion, with the Gallup Organization reporting Thursday that U.S. global leadership got a 47 percent approval rating in 2010 among people surveyed in more than 100 countries.
Germany came in second at 40 percent. (See chart.)
The U.S.' return to its lofty position as the most liked major power occurred in 2008 as the George W. Bush Administration ended and the Obama Administration began.
During the Bush Administration, due to the Iraq War and a style in international relations that rubbed much of the world the wrong way, the U.S. actually found its standing lower than Germany, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and China. Only Russia has worse ratings.
Meanwhile, despite all the hand-wringing in the U.S. about its economic decline in comparison to, say, China, the U.S. remained the nation most people polled wanted to migrate to.
Twenty four percent said they'd want to migrate to the U.S. Canada was the runner-up at 7 percent. China apparently didn't even make the list.