March 31st, 2009
09:43 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Americans believe world leaders respect President Obama

The president and first lady departed for London Tuesday morning.
The president and first lady departed for London Tuesday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– As Barack Obama takes off for his first overseas trip as president, a new national poll indicates that more than eight in ten Americans think he will do a good job representing the U.S. to the world.

And seven in ten people questioned in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Tuesday, believe that leaders of other countries respect Obama.

That last figure is in sharp contrast with George W. Bush. At the start of his presidency in 2001, only 49 percent believed that foreign leaders respected Bush.

“Except for the period following the 9/11 attacks, that number never got any better for Bush,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Even among Republicans, a majority believes that other world leaders respect Obama."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 12-15, with 1,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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  1. The Death of America by Obama

    no, they do not respect obama and they laugh at America for electing someone who they NEVER would vote for. They know better than to put this type in the seat of power.

    March 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Gen Patton

    Of course they do. The OBAMABOTS still think he's going to save them all. Sad

    March 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. frank , pennsylvania

    A possible 2009 nobel peace price winner!

    March 31, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Sherrie F. Eugene, Oregon

    Well at least we know President Obama won't be slouching and slapping our American flag on his knee or holding it backwards! Criminey, who in thier right mind could EVER respect George Bush?!

    March 31, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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