April 6th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
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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. Robin

    Thank you for pointing out my incorrect spelling. As always, libs point to the most minuscule thing and ignore the great picture.

    The fact is, the Muslim countries do not like us very much. And have not liked us since the 60's when your boy, JFK, helped put the Baath party in power. And they stayed in power (mass murdering millions of their own citizens during their reign) until 2003.

    But let's make friends with them. It's not like Iran laughed at our President or anything.

    Someone tell him this is the Big League, and he just can't vote "present".

    April 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Michael M. Noonan

    Groveling will do that. America has nothing to apologize to the world about. The rest of the world should be apologizing for its fecklessness, cowardize, and being the cause of the lossof tens of thousand young American men who saved much of "the rest of the world" from tyranny.

    April 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Michael

    Unlike many Americans on the GOP side of the aisle, most Europeans actually value an elected official's ability to read a book right side up and speak in coherent sentences. Knowledge of and respect for the world's nations also helps.
    A final plus is awareness that being POTUS makes you the world's #1 public servant – not King of the World.
    Not surprising, then, that our President is popular abroad.

    April 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Nick

    How in the world can 19% of the people seriously believe that America will be viewed in a worse light after President Obama's trip? Where are these people getting their news? After 8 years of Bush/Cheney foreign policy, anyone would seem to be better.

    April 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. President Teleprompter

    President Illegal Alien/Teleprompter/Socialist/ACORN Community Agitator/converted muslim-Rev. Wright follower is a joke to this country. Show us your "real" birth records, college records, passports, etc. to prove you are legitimate for the office. Until then, "you are not MY president" and "I'm ashamed to call you my president." How the tables are turned on you freak leftists. How do you like them apples?

    April 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. PRESIDENT From the HOOD

    What the Robert Conrad tough guy types ....

    ...." Go ahead and knock that battery off my shoulder" I dare ya" ...

    don't realize is that the United States doesn't need to bluff anybody to take care of it's national interests. The tough talk doesn't give us another option.

    Obama's civil approach however gives us another option. Diplomacy.

    Tough guys ... think about this .... we deliver nuclear weapons by missiles and by airplanes. Once a missile is launched, you can't get it back. But an airplane with a nuclear bomb can be launched and called back if the circumstances change. It's called FLEXIBILITY.

    Our President is no punk. He will pimp slap Kim Jong Il if it becomes necessary. He just won't talk about it in advance.

    April 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Marty

    World leader is born. America is proud. The whole world is at ease.
    Our Muslim brothers are pleased. Half muslim, half christian, half Kenya, half Kansas- there is a reason for that.
    Yes we can-and yes we did it with the election.
    Obama accomplished
    Let us all help and support this outstanding president.
    Get rid of this destructive Rethugs/Goo-ps.

    April 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. robinmarie

    I am honored to be represented by an intelligent, compassionte, brillant man. He did wonderful and for THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE i am proud of my country. But i guess the repubs view these characterics as bad. They are looking for dumb, selfish and clueless....i wonder what would happen to a country with 8 years of that?

    April 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Farid Shakur

    I watched President Obama on the news while on his European trip and I feel he represented the United States as a Professional Leader and makes the United States look like we now know who to vote for as a President. America really looks better to the world now. And this is while he must juggle the woes of America and wars around the world. He's really great, everyone is talking about how great President Obama is these days along with his cabinet

    April 6, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Obama 2.0

    It is amazing to have such a bright asnd articulate indivdual as the President of the US! His profesorial skills shine brightly ans he captivates his audiences here and abroad!

    April 6, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. jeff in atlanta

    I guess you can spin things anyway you want. He was walked over by France of all nations and Germany, and returns home with nothing accomplished, this has now become a "but people like us better" trip.
    I guess some people do like it better when the stongest kid on the block backs down from a wussy. Not so sure it's like you better but respects you less might be a better desciption.

    April 6, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. aware

    Obama's message of appeasement is applauded by appeasing Europeans, but this is not a good thing for the USA!

    Obama needs to lead instead of campaigning in a style that gives him the warm fuzzy applause his arrogance and narcissism strives for! :(

    He is a one term Carter copy!

    April 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. LeeAnn Taylor

    I was recently in Cambodia and the waitresses in a cafe in Siem Reap were all wearing Obama t-shirts. He has already changed our image for the better.

    On behalf of those like me who globe trot, THANK YOU, Mr. President!

    April 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. kd

    Yes he does improve our image abroad, decidedly so.

    April 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Southern Illinois

    Being affable does not make you a leader...

    April 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Mike

    What he accomplished was making us appear weaker, but then we are under his administration.

    April 6, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Dennis

    A president that's articulate, knows his stuff and actually listens to his counterparts instead of ignorantly telling the rest of the world how to do things...who am I talking about, Bush or Obama? Sure there are a lot of yahoos who can't accept that our standing in the world is actually recovering from the disaster that the previous administration left. My guess is that anyone who has never stepped foot out of this country and whose knowledge of history is based on listening to Rush, Hannity, and all the other radio talk-show blowhards would naturally, and ingorantly, be critical of Obama's efforts to restore trust and faith in our country abroad.

    April 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Apologies and Appeasement. Yeah, thats gonna get us real far. Obama is not MY leader..................

    April 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Maggie from Virginia

    Speak softly and carry a big stick... Theodore Roosevelt

    April 6, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Bet

    Gee Weez:

    After reading all these comments, I believe you all for the most part are brain dead. Obama should not be out there telling all these that hate America how bad he thinks we are. I'm sorry I would take a republican any day.

    April 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. aware

    Obama gains no respect. He just says what any given audience wants to hear, and people are catching on!

    He is the global joke of the moment! :) The world loves this weak, narcissistic imitation of an American leader because it empowers everyone but the USA! :(

    April 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Sammie1eye

    Yessir, Obama is certainly living up to America's low standards. And to think that we have another 4 years of this nitwit and company....just wait until the euphoria finally evaporates. And you think Bush was bad.

    April 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Kevin B

    GWB set the bar so low, that my 6 year old nephew would look good. For those who say otherwise, please send GWB overseas in the near future and lets see what kind of welcome he would receive.

    I think we all know the answer to that. LMAO !!

    April 6, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Bill

    To all the haters in here that say Obama made us look weak. Its called diplomacy morons, something Bush did not know anything about. Stop listening to the rightwing radio and tv nuts your repeating the same thing.

    April 6, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. thetruth

    I love this argument perpatrated from the right about pres Obamas seeming weakness and therefore Americas weakness. Its a joke. Everyone including rogue states and the Europeans know that the U.S.A. is the most powerfull military force in the world including China ..it is not even close. We know this. Yet those on the right want the U.S. to go around shouting it and displaying it in an irresponsible manner. That type of diplomacy will not get us very far. We live in an increasingly interconnected world. In the past where we used our military might like in WWI & WWII, it was necessary and therefore justified. That was responsible foreign diplomacy. Starting illegal wars and reacting irrationally to a rogue state that shot a failed missile in the air is not resposinble diplomacy. Does anybody honestly think that if DPRK fired a missile at the U.S. that it would actually reach us...hah?

    April 6, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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