Views of the US around the world have improved sharply over the past year
, a BBC World Service poll suggests.
For the first time since the annual poll began in 2005, America's influence in the world is now seen as more positive than negative.
The improved scores for the US coincided with Barack Obama becoming president
, a BBC correspondent notes.
Nearly 30,000 people in 28 countries were interviewed for the poll, between November 2009 and February 2010.
In these nations - or 14 of them, not including the US itself - positive views of the US fell to a low of 28% on average in 2007
, from 38% in 2005, but recovered to 35% in 2009 and 40% in this year's poll
After a year, it appears the 'Obama effect' is real
Steven Kull, director of Pipa
"People around the world today view the United States more positively than at any time since the second Iraq war,"
said Doug Miller, chairman of international polling firm GlobeScan, which carried out the poll with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (Pipa) at the University of Maryland.
"While still well below that of countries like Germany and the UK, the global standing of the US is clearly on the rise again