President Obama’s trip to four Asian countries, that began at the end of last week, will take him through territory in which the overwhelming proportion of the local population places confidence in his ability “to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” In India, where the president made his first stop over the weekend and where views of the United States are generally very positive, 73% of those covered by the 2010 Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes survey said that they had confidence in his leadership. In Indonesia, where he spent part of his childhood, two-in-three say they have a lot or some confidence in Obama. Confidence runs still higher in the last two countries in his travel plans, South Korea (75%) and Japan (76%). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.