April 6th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
9 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. Independent_me

    I absolutely agree that Obama has helped improve the battered and scorned image of our country. Its a pity that people such as Seah Hannity, Ann Coulter and their ilk continue to demonize him.

    Who wouldn't be grateful that the world is retreating from its hatred of the US under Bush? We need each other – whether we like it or not. That is the new reality. We cannot continue t bully other nations. The world is far too complex for that old strategy. I say "GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA!"

    April 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Jeanne

    We showed the world what a wonderful country America is by sending the greatest president ever to represent us. I felt such deep emotion of happiness and was so glad hearing Obama's speech at the Prague and seeing Michelle with him in Europe. I felt such hope for the whole world, so much so that it brought tears of joy. We are leaders of greatness again. Better times are ahead for all.

    April 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.



    YES WE DID!!

    April 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Jacque Bauer

    Could NOT disagree more. Unless you want us to appear to be a bunch of linuini-spined, genuflexing apologists ready to say anything you think the other side wants to hear. And to show that he intends for the U.S. to be the world's next (failed) socialist experiment...

    April 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    What does it matter what Americans think about other country's opinions of Obama? The only opinions that matter are those of those countries.

    April 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Simpliticus

    Brilliant diplomacy! Just think of the damage George W. Bush had done over eight years of G-20 talks and just how Obama may have smoothed over these harsh realities that Bush imposed. Goodwill as listed as an asset/liability on many spread sheets and one can believe that Bush spent every bit of goodwill such that it became a liability, almost totally spent or given away while Obama may have relisted goodwill into the asset column! Obama has done on one visit what Bush had erased in eight years with his ease of diplomacy and his soothing ways! China and France were bordering on leaving the talks and Obama smoothed out the wrinkles of discontent, a victory in itself! George W. Bush has nearly guaranteed in Obama a Great President because of Bush's many failings!

    April 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Jerry American

    Yes I am sure the muslims feelings toward our country are much improved during his visit, all Christians should take note.

    April 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. David S.

    Figuring most of the world would love to see the United States weaker, of course our weak President would be viewed as favorable.

    April 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Jeff

    GWB was an embarrassment but I'm still puzzled why so many people seem to believe a few speeches from his successor make so much difference. The rest of the world hates or envies the USA no matter who is its president.

    Despite all the make-nice rhetoric, Europeans and other so-called "allies" are only with the USA so far as it suits their needs. Always has been that way. No more, no less.

    April 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Hardy Takhar

    As a Canadian I would be proud if our Prime Minister could capture the world audience as Obama has in Europe. He is the long awaited person to lead the US from the dark ages of the last eight years into the light.

    April 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Steph

    He was fair, honest, and at ease on the international stage. I appreciate his ability to see the complexity in issues and communicate those complexities clearly. He is a pragmatist who knows it will take continued work with allies to move his agenda along. This was a very successful first step! Bravo!

    April 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. kevin

    we surround them

    April 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Actually, I suppose that shoud've said "Enter GOPers stage RIGHT.." hehe

    April 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. kevin

    april 15, be in your city's center. lets all have some Tea

    April 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Libertarian

    I think he laid it down, in a respectful manor, to Europe. We were once Allies and accomplished great things. He told them flat out that anti-Americanism is a European problem that needs fixing. America will change and they will need to change too. I never saw that from any other administration – except maybe Reagan.

    The old policy – obey or be bombed – never sat well with any of them. Those that still think America should RULE with a strong hand are the real fascists. I don't see that anywhere in the constitution which so many of them claim they are protecting. We can be a nation of innovation again – we just need to weed out the war mongers.

    April 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. danel

    If you listen to Republican mantra they claim that Obama did not accomplish anything. I think when it comes to Obama they have a very high bar. I think Mr. Obama did makes America proud.

    April 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. VGal

    It was so nice and refreshing to see Obama represent America to the world.

    What is up with Fox news? I hope they go out of business over this one. Are they complete morons or do they really believe what they say? If so, they should go live with the less than 20% of the crazies that supported the Bush presidency.

    April 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Real Change

    I've seen a bunch of stories lately on FOX saying that there is great opposition to Obama overseas.

    Some more outstanding work by the "fair and balanced" boys.

    April 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    I'm sure they all love him for apologizing so much. What a poor excuse for a leader.

    April 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Richard L

    President Obama is changing the image of America for the better. The years of Bush's mindless "you're either for us or against us" philosophy is thankfully over.

    April 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. The Lady

    Yes, President Obama wil definitely make a positive difference of our image abroad, Obama is leading from his heart and not his ego.

    April 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. independent liberal

    it's nice to have a likable President.

    April 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. chelle

    Matt...did I miss something in his speeches cuz I never heard him mention Mr. Bush! He was diplomatic and living in the now, saying that the relationships need to be renewed. There was no blaming going on. Did you even listen or are you just assuming things?

    April 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. virginia nielsen

    I'm very, very proud of my PRESIDENT !!! God bless AMERICA and the Obamas !!!

    April 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. independent liberal

    robin. you ARE a wimp. Obama has nothing to do with that.

    April 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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