April 6th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Americans think Obama helps image abroad

 The president is in Turkey Monday meeting with that country's lawmakers.
The president is in Turkey Monday meeting with that country's lawmakers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama earned high marks for diplomacy during his first overseas trip, and a majority of Americans think that he will return home Tuesday with some accomplishments in his pocket.

A large majority, 79 percent, said people in other countries will have a more positive view of the U.S. because of Obama, while only 19 percent said it would be more negative, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Monday.

Asked whether Obama has accomplished anything on his trip, 16 percent said that he had accomplished a great deal, while 45 percent thought he had accomplished a fair amount during this trip that took him to the European Union Summit in the Czech Republic, the G20 Summit in England, and the NATO Summit in France.

"The American public seems to think that Obama's primary achievement on his trip so far was increasing goodwill rather than winning specific concessions from other countries," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Obama seems to have made a good first impression on the world stage, and Americans appear to have noticed."

The president is in Turkey Monday meeting with that country's lawmakers. This is Obama's second foreign trip since being sworn in as president. He visited Canada for a day trip in February.

The CNN/ORC Poll of 1,023 adult Americans was conducted April 3- 5 of plus or minus 3 percent.


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Rene

    To "Sammy"...look at what he's already accomplished in JUST ONE TRIP! your former retarded president Bush hardly ever went overseas or to the G20 meetings cuz he was too stupid to speak! AND he was as hated over seas as he was/is here in the states...he had shoes thrown at him on his last overseas visit...that's hardly a sign of people caring about what he had to say...people sit up and listen to Obama..he engages in one on one conversations with people...he's an excellent president and person! He's doing what's best for us and repairing the damage that his been done around the world by you crazed republicans! NEVER would i ever vote for a republican...ever!

    April 6, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Ev

    I'm proud to have Pres. Obama representing our country. He did an excellent job articulating the U.S. philosophy and goals. This trip served as the first step in getting our country on the right track. We now all have to have patience and perseverance.

    April 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. alvino

    nom de plume (if that is your real name, just kidding)

    There are no stupid questions, but you are close to cornering the market in stupid responses.

    April 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. cyount

    The president is a joke for kissing the A$$ of the European crown. I want a president who stands up for Americas values and does not seek European acceptance. Obama is a joke.

    April 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. gary gpp

    @ Hammer 1:57

    I know what you mean. I'm ashamed of Bush too.

    April 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Marc

    sickofthelibs, AB and the others... GET OVER IT!!!
    He won, he's the POTUS and (more important) in spite of all the obstructionism and naysaism (if such word exists) of the GOP and the GOPers... he's doing his job. The USA are not the bullies of the world (leave it to Russia, China, Iran and North Korea for example), we have friends and allies (not countries we intimidate and terrorize) and friends and allies do help each other. The recent G-20 summit was an example, some of the bullies were there but even bullies (who are not dumb at least) can realize that sometimes cooperation is better than intimidation and, in the end, a deal was reached and a plan was formed to get the whole world out of the economic/financial crisis that is affecting everybody.
    Will the plan work even if all its points are put in motion? Time will tell, but instead of simply go there and say the GWB copyrighted line 'MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!!!', which would doom him to get NOTHING, he went there and talked, exposed his plans and heard other leader's ideas, and reached a consensus.

    April 6, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. walleye

    The Republiklans must think that all those cheering crowds are actors. They must be so jealous – I love it.

    April 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. pc

    The Obamas are doing an awesome job! Ain't nobody mad but the devil!

    April 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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