Washington: U.S. President Barack Obama is the most admired foreign leader in India and a majority of city dwellers in the country want him re-elected, an opinion poll said.
The poll also found that Indians have more favorable view of America than other major powers.
A majority of Indians living in cities have a favorable view of the United States (58 percent), a positive opinion of Americans (57 percent) and confidence in Obama (60 percent), it said.
"Such confidence in Obama is one likely reason a majority of city-dwelling Indians (57 percent) back his international policies, approve his handling of global economic problems and say relations with the U.S. have improved in recent years," it said.
"A majority of urban Indians (56 percent would also like to see President Obama re-elected. Among those who say they are closely following the election, a 71 percent-majority wants Obama to have four more years.
"The American president's support in Indian cities is roughly comparable among men and women and people of all ages. His backing is slightly stronger among urbanites with a college education or a higher income," Pew said.
Obama, in fact, is the most admired foreign leader in India.
"Far fewer have confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin (35 percent), Chinese President Hu Jintao (22 percent) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (20 percent). The low ratings of Merkel and Hu, at least, are likely tied to the fact that about half are unfamiliar with either leader," it said.
According to the Pew survey, Indians in cities are also generally supportive of the exercise of U.S. power, both hard and soft. They broadly favour (73 percent) American-led efforts to fight terrorism and a plurality (48 percent) backs U.S. drone strikes targeting extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Most of them (69 percent) also admire U.S. scientific and technological advances, with college-educated, urban Indians being particular fans.