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. Candy Wilson

    At least he presents a calm ,genuine atmospere.. And I think that speaks volumes. He didn't go "crazy" over the NK situation but did state our conditions.. the diplomacy was grand... I believe the Image was Excellent..

    April 6, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Hammer

    For the first time in my life I am ashamed of a President of the United States!

    April 6, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. ep

    Don't underestimate the power of goodwill. It's been sorely lacking for a number of years and I think it's a great accomplishment if this visit improves our standing with other nations.

    April 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Tim

    Two things, his swagger is a faux swagger, just like his AIG bonus outrage and Burris outrage were faux. Look to the past president for true swagger.

    Second, it's really a shame that he has to go overseas and bash the former president to make Europe feel good about itself. It's bad enough he did it as a candidate, to do is as the president is creepy. I can't wait until Cheney resopnds. And what did he get for bashing his own country? The UK (not England mister Obama) agreed to send a few hundred more troops. I think Belgium offered up about 50. No one else offered anything.

    Good job, change we can believe in.

    April 6, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Steve B

    what is next skipping rope or a sleep over at Camp David?

    April 6, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. angrysob in VA

    I liked Sen Obama's comments after hearing the North Korean's missle launch. He said words have to mean something. Lets see, no earmarks, highest ethical standards, no lobbyists, posting bills on the web for 5 days before signing for public review, stupid jokes about elderly former first ladys and disabled Americans and cutting the deficit.

    Looks like the North Koreans are following the Obama playbook!

    April 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. ron

    amen brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Obama setting USA up

    Who is taking this poll, democrates, because this is a farce and fake poll with NO VADILITY. Take a real poll with real people, We Do Not Support Obama

    April 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Ted

    Everyone needs to remember the disaster Bush was and how the work of Obama to get people and countries to like and trust the US is going to be very hard. But if anyone can do it, it is Obama. Hey and having Michelle Obama out there also will help, rather than the stern and mousy Laura Bush.

    April 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. mike

    ofcourse it helps when korea launches a missile and all we do is issue a statement about it!

    April 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. indy 08

    The dark ages are over, let the healing begin. Pres Obama has to clean up all the messes Bush left him and he is doing a pretty good job, keep it up.

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. ron

    Almost 80% huh? Looks like the GOP will RIP. Plus the stock market way up (already-less that 100 days)? Do you still want the Pres to fail just so you can continue the failed Republican (Reagan/Bush) policies? Is being right more important than your nations (childrens) future? How many times do you have to hit yourself in the head with a hammer before you realize that it hurts? Wise up and join the cause, help make America the great nation it was prior to the "Contract with America".

    April 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Felicia

    He made the haters look like a wimp, the usa is the only country i know that won't except AA's. The us is a racist country and i hope President Obama do change some of the bias laws that's occuring in the us.

    April 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Norom

    It can only go up.

    April 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Same Old White House

    I dont have any problems with my image abroad.

    April 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. anita

    People who equate apologizing for America; calling America "arrogant, dimissive and derisive"; and bowing before the Saudi king with a unique presidentiaql diplomacy and "swagger" make me ache for the ridiculous GW Bush.

    April 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Yes, our image as weaklings is rising once again. Thank you Mr. Carter, I mean, Mr. Obama.

    April 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Marc

    Yep, our image is improving with every concession that we make. I guess image is everything in the Obama administration. Sad...

    April 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Vay/Panama City

    Gary, you are so right. That's exactly what I said to my husband as he tortured himself watching the so called 'critical analysis'. Why is it so difficult for some pundits to see what this trip was really about. Potus had to do some very serious damage control after GW.

    April 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. AB

    Duh, of course the Euros love him... he's one of them and says exactly what his fellow leftists want to hear. It's easy. Don't fool yourselves: The USA is not popular because of him - he is. Whupdeedoo. But no matter how much he strokes his comrades overseas while attacking Americans who dare oppose and criticize him back HOME, rest assured we'll continue to expose and fight his real agenda. Let's wait and see how he handles the first real security crisis he has to confront before we finalize his coronation as king of the world, master of the universe, and savior of mankind.
    (And to all your Obama-lovers: check yourselves, what comes around goes around.)

    April 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Michael in Houston, Texas

    It's the comments he made us look like whimps and "feel good" stuff is the reason why the rest of the world hated America until recent. First off, we are still a world power and will remain a world power, but just because we are the biggest and the baddest does not mean we have to be a bully to the world. And maybe if we make a few friends,we can bring our troops home......alive..........instead of in a casket. Furthermore tough does not equate to smart. Besides, you morons are just upset because he is doing in 3 months what your guy couldn't do in 8 years, Robin and Matt, you are looking a little green from envy right about now

    April 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. J S Ragman

    It is very hard to believe that anyone could possibly fill the shoes of our soon to be forgotten Clown President! The jealousy coming from the right-wing kooks is very satisfying to those of us that listened to a Buffoon for eight very dark and embarassing years.

    April 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Helena

    The republicans are disgusting. They don't think our president accomplished anything during his trip abroad. What did they expect him to do after their Bush destroyed all relations with the world? He is doing the right thing by taking it one step at a time in re-establishing faith in the US. Did they think for one minute he could go over there and bully his way into getting what everyone wants? It's been proven that the bully pulpit doesn't work. So, back off repubs! Let our elected president do his work- HIS WAY. Your way nearly destroyed us.

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. sickofthelibs

    Digusting..to go over and apologize to the european elitists was the height of audacity. Umm Barak...did you happen to be out of class the day they went over the fact that it was the USA who saved the europeans from themsleves time and time again.????? With out us, they would have fallen to Nazi Germany.

    This president is nothing more than a community organizer who has no idea of what true leadership is.

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Sharon Kitchen

    he most certainly has accomplished a great deal.

    But always be prepared for all those people who don't like him......
    watch out for their mud.

    April 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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