April 6th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
6 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Of course the President helps our image abroad. Look at who he's replacing.

    April 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Gary

    This first trip was damage control. Bush and his cowboy diplomacy did serious damage to our credibility and leadership. President Obama had to right that ship first – now he can build on relationships and work for results.

    He did a great job.

    April 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Robin

    He made us look like whimps.

    April 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Kish from Britain

    you cant help but love him...........he sure got lotta swagger :o)

    April 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. thefletch

    What a joke.LOL

    April 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. obama/mama

    Bravo Mr. President, Bravo....

    April 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. cup cake

    Of course he did. Anyone that says different is just hating . But get over it he will be great. And you clowns will still say other wise.

    April 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Blue Tiger

    Without drawing comparisons to Bush, can someone please tell me what exactly Obama has personally accomplished on this trip?

    April 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Robin: How does it feel to be part of the 21% who seem to feel like you do?

    April 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. matt

    The Feel-Good President went overseas and testified to the World about how bad things were under the former President. This made the World feel good about America. It did nothing to ensure that the rest of the world would be economically solvent, or to ensure that we would not be the only country fighting in Afghanistan.

    But hey, everyone feels good now.

    April 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Anny

    I can see moonslide victory... Oh Come thou 2012 ...

    April 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. ck

    WHAT POLL????

    The vast majority of those I have spoken to are HUGELY DISAPPOINTED in Obama.

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. gary gpp

    @ Robin

    You mispelled ' wimps '. No H.

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. John from California

    Of course President Obama has improved the image of the United States abroad after a empty headed cowboy though, it was a small bar to hurdle.

    The past eight years of "go it alone" and "it's my way or the highway" Bush policy, it's about time we returned to civilization. The past Bush administration's only interest abroad was in collusion with a few rich partners at the expense of middle class everywhere.

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. dona

    It is nice to see people cheer our President in other countries as opposed to burning him. It will take a while to improve our relations but President Obama is the only one that can do it. Could you have imagined McCain on the trip. OMG! We would be at war with N. Korea this morning and got nothing INCLUDING STYL

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Obama speaks of the things that hold the people of the planet together. Inspiration like that is an application of glue to bind the people together regardless of what actual substance may have been accomplished. He is an effective communicator rivaling the Great Communicator albeit with a different set of problem solving abilities.

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. thefletch

    This guy is such a nobody. He goes over the pond and disses on The U.S. and you think he is doing a great job??! Wow, ya'll have a real problem with truth!

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. ladyc803

    I am very proud of my President....it's too bad that he has to clean up the MESS from the Bush adminintration.

    God Bless you President Obama!

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Mike in Philly

    Anyone who thought all of Europe would just roll over, and give him everything he wanted, was just being delusional. Still, compared to what the last President wanted and received from Europe, Obama did quite well just to receive a positive reception. He did get more money for the IMF; he did get at least a few civilian trainers for Afghanistan; he did open the possibility for a new START treaty. So he certainly got *some* of what he wanted, no matter what David Frum wants to paint the trip in only blak and white (since he didn't get what he most wanted, he failed – regardless that he did get some things he wanted).

    So it bodes well for future trips, I think – he might be able to get more of what he wants next time, if he maintains good relations with Europe. Diplomacy is not an all or nothing; we tried that with the last President, and it didn't work out so well.

    April 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. our image could only get better abroad

    the Bush / Cheney years were so bad for America

    the U.S. should do itself a favor and start a legitimate third party

    April 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. dona

    It is nice to see people cheer our President in other countries as opposed to burning him. It will take a while to improve our relations but President Obama is the only one that can do it. Could you have imagined McCain on the trip. OMG! We would be at war with N. Korea this morning and got nothing INCLUDING STYLE points would have gotten accomplished. It makes me shutter to think about it.

    April 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. rob

    You know why everyone high on Obama is because to Europeans they thinks Americans are just plain full of crap

    April 6, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. EBC, MD

    Just WAIT for all the HATERS to voice their predictable hatred on our President.

    President Obama has proven that he CAN restored "America's Image" throughout the world, without sounding like a bully or a dictator.

    ALL you haters in this blog would rather be HATED in the world than admit the fact that President Obama has succeeded in repairing the DAMAGE that George W. Bush and his father created in the world.

    President Obama has proven that you DON'T have to behave and sound like a DICTATOR or a BULLY to achieve political and international policy success with other world leaders!!!

    Like my momma would always say.... "you get more things DONE and ACCOMPLISHED if you kill them with kindness and respect". Even your enemies can't hate you when you're killing them with kindness and respect.

    April 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Tom C in NY

    To Robin, the spelling is "wimp" not "whimp" and in fact, Obama made us look like a country that cares about its relationship with other countries. You got a problem with that?

    April 6, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. white woman in Hawaii

    Pres. Obama has made America the leader of the free world again, thanks to his brillance at the G20 Summit. It is a mazing what a smart man can do, especially after the disasterous Bush Presidency. I would be willing to bet that the 19 percent that thought he did not improve American's image overseas are the same right-wingers that still like Bush and Cheney, and think Palin is qualifed for President. Take note Palin, that would be the percentage of the vote you might get if you ran for Pres., 19% and Obama would get 79% of the vote.

    April 6, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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