Survey: Obama retains wide approval in Europe

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama's popular support has softened at home, but he still has plenty of fans in Europe, a poll released Wednesday reported.
More than three-quarters of those polled in 11 European Union countries said they approve of Obama's handling of international policies, compared with just over half of Americans having that view.
The annual survey was conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a nonpartisan policy institution that promotes trans-Atlantic cooperation, and the Compagnia di San Paolo, a research center in Turin, Italy.
The poll found that Europeans were not as enthusiastic about some of Obama's specific policies, with just under half approving the US president's handling of Afghanistan and Iran.