The image of the U.S. overseas has been given a positive bounce from President Obama. A 22-country Ipsos-Reuters poll shows 42 percent of the respondents have a favorable impression of America. The figure is six percentage points larger since Obama's election in November. The survey indicates favorable views increased to 49 percent in Turkey, the only majority Muslim nation that was polled. The poll was conducted between April 14th and May 7th, after Obama was in Istanbul and talked with religious leaders. Clifford Young of Ipsos Global Public Affairs says Obama is having a positive effect and is making a vital global contribution to boosting U.S. credibility. Out of the 22 nations polled, three failed to record an increase in the positive image of the U.S. Russia remained unchanged at 18 percent, Poland recorded a decline of four points to 48 percent and the Czech Republic went down a point to 35 percent. http://mystateline.com/content/fulltext/?cid=72202 . . . . I am actually surprised its not more than a .06 rise.