Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:30 PM PT
After hitting a new low a year ago, opinions about America’s status as a world leader six months into the future have climbed to a 17-month high. The IBD/TIPP Standing in the World Index is still below the 50 mark that separates optimism from pessimism, but the success of the surge in Iraq led by Gen. David Petraeus no doubt has had something to do with the improvement. Most of the gain, however, has come among Democrats who hope a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton presidency will refurbish what they say is a tattered U.S. reputation in the world.
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