Overall, median approval ratings for Washington’s leadership across 136 countries stood at 46 percent in 2011 — largely unchanged from 47 percent across a smaller sample of 116 states a year earlier, but better than during the final years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Approval ratings for the original pool of 116 countries, meanwhile, declined from 47 percent to 43 percent between 2010 and 2011.

“US leadership ratings in 2011 failed to regain the momentum they lost in 2010 and instead remained static or retreated even more in some places,” said the “US-Global Leadership Project” report, released jointly by Gallup and the Meridian International Center.