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. Patty B

    President Obama has done a great job. He open the door for more help in Afghanistan (the forgotten real war on terrorism), hopeful he got the Turks back on the side of the USA to help stop Al Qaeda, and the biggest deal is that the World is starting to trust the USA again.

    April 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Dan

    It's going take time for EU and others to trust america again. Me thinks the Prez. did a wonderful job his first since being Prez! Way to Go!

    April 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Yep, the weaker we look, the more everyone likes us.
    I've lived overseas. Most people there like Americans in general. They want to be more like us in our freedoms. Politically, they hate us, because they can't acheive the same thing in their countries.

    April 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. mark

    Weak, he caved in, Pander.....LOW he must go.........

    April 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. gary

    Matt you sarcastic idiot. Canadians have been fighting and dying along side American soldiers since DAY ONE. Try getting the facts you arrogant jerk.

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

    Of course he did and as usually those hating Republicans come here to not be happy at the improvement, but instead to just be (wait for it)....BITTER!

    April 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    Even Bush would have gotten high marks after this weekends media love affair with the Obamas. It was in fact, a major disservice to reality and America's future.

    April 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. KLK

    Hateful comments from the right means that Obama is doing a great job. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    April 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Obama likes to be like

    We American, are winners, we like to be liked, we fight when necessary. We love God, we love peace. We love money, we seek power, we like being in control. We are one nation that every country wants to be like. We are the destiny of our own fate.

    Obama knows what has to be said to keep us on top of the rest of the word.
    Many of us have said things that we know deep within we are really not sure of. However, we are sure of one thing.

    We are one nation under God. We are in "Pursuit of Happiness"

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Ted:Canada

    We have never seen so much respect for Amercia!

    People of the US...you do not pay this guy hardly enough!

    Finally sombody with brains...it is about time!!!!!

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Mimi, Germany

    It is hard to believe that GOP-people say that Obama did not achieve much on his trip to Europe. Of course, he achieved an awful lot regarding dealing with the financial crisis (G-20-summit) and focussing NATO on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He certainly also pleased Europeans with his commitment to nuclear disarmament.

    With regard to his style: Of course, Europeans love the way he conducts himself. His success in Europe does by no means depend on criticizing Bush. However, there cannot be any doubt that the last administration offended many Europeans. I don't know anybody here who has a good word for Bush. Nobody liked the big-mouthing of Rumsfeld and nobody liked the war in Irak and what hangs together with it. Here in Europe it is seen as a matter of politeness and an effort to provide a platform for closer cooperation that he distanced himself from the style of the former administration. At least in continental Europe he laid down the basis for better cooperation and mutual understanding. If the GOP don't want to admit that the Bush administration essentially broke the good relations between the US and Europe then that is another case of their not been in the real world.

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. A little sad

    matt April 6th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

    "The Feel-Good President went overseas and testified to the World about how bad things were under the former President."

    **************************************************
    They already knew.

    He did however, give them information on what America plans to do in the future, and how that will help us all.

    Not a bad couple of days.

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Dan

    Obama is Intelligent, Learned, Wise and a Very Good President.

    Bush is a War Criminal, responsible for the death of 4200 US Troops

    Put Bush to Trial and put him in Jail for ever.

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    Compared to the cold and hostile recepton bush received last year with a meeting of our allies, President Obama did extremely well because he listens, isn't hostile and the Europeans like what he has done so far with Iraq, Gitmo and spending money in the US instead of in Iraq.
    And Robin – you say he made us look like whimps, why? Because he didn't act like a republican and order the rest of the world around or threaten them or talk about invading them?

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Enter GOPers stage left spewing near-fascist nationalist xenophobia and claiming that we looked like wimps for holding ourselves accountable and acknowledging our responsibility for the failures of the Bushtard and Cheneybot...

    Seriously, the GOP must be keeping Kleenex afloat with all the tears they're shedding over Obama doing a good job while their party flaps around helplessly like a beached trout.

    April 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Marc

    Matt, pretty delusional your post isn't it?
    Dow Jones and all Europe went up after the plan crafted in the G-20 meeting was announced, more European troops will be send to Afghanistan and the image of the USA is being restored...
    But for you all of that is equal to 'nothing'...

    April 6, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Chris

    He does help the image, but he would be better off as an actor or defender of rights. He isn't the "Braveheart" kind of leader a nation needs as president. I like him though, but he'd be better at something else.

    April 6, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. obama/mama

    The haters on here are amazing. This man is 3 months on the job. Has accomplished way more than the previous president. Went to G20 to our ally countries to regain their trust in the US. What did you expect him to get from this first meeting....Amazing.

    April 6, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Hopeful Optimist

    He does have swagger - Good kinda swagger, confident, bold yet non menacing. Bush had swagger - Wimp swagger, the kind an empty suit has, someone who lacks real confidence and self-assuredness. You can spot it a mile away, even walking across a tarmac.

    April 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Shannon

    This first trip accomplished what needed to be accomplished, Obama has improved our standing in the world with other countries, and he is building relationships with other leaders.

    This is the first step, the next step will be to work with other countries on things that matter to everyone in all countries including the U.S.

    The only analogy I can think of is when you first meet someone, you begin to build a relationship, you don't immediately give them the keys to your house or let them drive your car, or even kiss you. You get to know that person and see if they are genuine. Once the relationship is established then you take it a step further.

    April 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. freed_from_w

    Robin @ 12:57: "He made us look like whimps."

    As opposed to imperialist warmongers who say one thing, then do another, and whatever we feel is right must be, regardless of anything else?

    Face it lady, W's America is more akin to Nazi Germany than to anything else.

    In the martial arts, one does not advertise his prowess. If you go around squawking and hooting about how strong you are, the quietest beside you will put you on the floor. To become a slave to your ego and blatantly use your strength before anything else is to have failed yourself.

    Both countries and individuals when striving for justice must have the power to be humble, and strong enough to be wise, but also retain the potential to be extremely dangerous.

    This is exactly why Bush failed everything he tried.

    Obama acknowledges our failures as a country, instead of just denying them and going on the attack.

    April 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. simonsays

    He "increased goodwill" but accomplished nothing. He made a "good impression" but accomplished nothing of substance. Why is nobody surprised. Before he was elected he accomplished nothing, but made a good impression on everyone. Just making nice and being impressionable is not going to do anything for this country. He is actually going to have to accomplish something.

    April 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. CJ

    It is a good thing Obama is as smart as he is. Between Michelle Bachmann and Vitter and the rest of the republicans I can not understand how stupid they are, they give the people no credit for having even the knowledge when they are trying to cover up for Bush.

    April 6, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    "Americans think Obama helps image abroad"

    This is a joke, right? Because I'm certainly laughing sooooooooo hard!

    April 6, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Tom

    Obama wanted two things from this trip: Economic stimulus spending by the Europeans and more troops in Afghanistan.

    Obama: 0 Europe: 2

    Not a good starts. Oh yeah, and we did a real good job getting North Korea to not fire that missile. Obama said he would immediately call a UN Security Council meeting, which did convene....but the Russians and Chinese said no to taking any measure against NK.

    Obama: still 0.

    In the midst of Russia being more aggressive to its European neighbors (threatening them militarily and economically) and China being hostile to our ships in the South Sea, Obama agreed to go have meetings in Moscow and Bejing. I understand many people want Obama to make up for poor relations under the Bush Administration, but does Obama need to go on hand and knee to our rivals, but treat our friends and neighbors like crap (England, Canada, and Mexico)?

    Obama: 0 Military and economic rivals: 2

    In the past week, Obama is 0 for 5. Not an impressive start.

    April 6, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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