Why Sub-Saharan Africa?
So you might be asking yourself, "why Africa?" It's a good question, one our friends over at Gallup have given some consideration in past surveys. Since 2008, Sub-Saharan Africa may be the one region of the world where the United States has reaped the highest benefits of what has been termed "The Obama Effect." Being of Kenyan descent, Obama enjoys high approval ratings throughout much of Africa. More substantively, 5 out of the 7 listed nations have been targeted in the president's $3.5 billion Feed the Future initiative. And let's not give the 44th president all of the credit. Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, invested American aid and resources into Africa at a record pace. President Bush's PEPFAR program was a groundbreaking policy endeavor, and while Bush's domestic approval numbers were low upon leaving office, U.S. approval throughout much of Africa remained rather strong. Want to know more? Head over to Gallup.com to find out which countries, continents and regions look favorably upon U.S. leadership. Global Top 5s is a monthly feature by RealClearWorld.com powered by Gallup's worldwide research. Learn more at Gallup.com.