For the first time in four years, the U.S. global approval beat Russia's. Although 43% of respondents viewed the U.S. negatively 40% viewed them positively, compared with Russia's only 30% positive and 42% negative. In your face!
Unfortunately this doesn't indicate that people like the U.S. that much more (the average positive rating went up from 35% to 40%), it just means that they hate Russia (and China) more than before. Still, we have to take our victories where we can.
I guess this means that if President Obama cannot fix our image abroad through positive foreign policy changes, we can still hope that Russia and China pick up the slack with aggressive foreign policy decisions!