April 7th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Americans positive about nations on Obama's intinerary

(CNN) - You think President Obama is popular? Take a look at how Americans feel about some of the countries he's just visited.

As he wraps up his first overseas trip since taking office, some of the countries on his itinerary are viewed favorably by an overwhelming majority of Americans, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.

Americans have very positive views of major U.S. allies. Topping the list is Great Britain, with nine in ten Americans holding a favorable view of the first country Obama visited on his current overseas swing. Japan and Germany get a positive rating from at least seven in ten Americans. France and Turkey, also visited by the president over the past few days, are also seen in a positive light.

Roughly seven in ten of those polled say they hold favorable views of Israel and India – a virtual mirror image of results for the Palestinian Authority, which draws an unfavorable rating of 71 percent, and Pakistan, which gets negative marks from 76 percent.

Mexico draws a favorable rating from a slim majority, with 52 percent holding positive views of the country and 46 percent a negative opinion.

As the Obama administration weighs easing some financial and travel restrictions on Cuba, six in ten Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the island nation. The public is split in their views of old Cold War enemies Russia and China, and Hugo Chavez-led Venezuela, with just over half holding negative views of those nations.

But they don't seem divided in their opinions on Iran and North Korea, two countries which have grabbed headlines in the first few months of Obama's presidency: both are viewed negatively by nine of ten Americans surveyed.

The survey included telephone interviews with 1,023 adult Americans conducted April 3-5. Most questions have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.


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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. naqib

    Well they should like us now too.... Obama said he's sorry about America enough... maybe with a back rub, an IPOD and a couple DVDS (get the Euopean ones) he could get Iran and N Korea to love us as well... LOL

    April 7, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    Let's not forget Canada people.

    April 7, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. yuri

    BHO's recent brutally hectic tour of trans-atlantic countries, indeed, has rachetted up Americans' views about those nations, favorably, by several notches, . Sounded like a lot of geography and history lessons to some of us.

    April 7, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. dg houston

    positive about what....so now the eceonomy is all of a sudden ok..he hasnt accomplished anything yet to make a difference

    April 7, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Chris

    O came away with literally nothing over the last week. Just a terrible first effort.

    April 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Paul from Kissimmee

    It's all going to be ok. If they don't like us, he'll just explain how arrogant we've been until he graced the White House. The world will love us bowing down to them. This is going to be a great 4 years.

    April 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    When I look back at Obama's trip to Europe, and his speeches about missle testing and its consequences, that "words must mean something" and "violations must be punished", I cannot help but remember Churchill's statement after the Munich accords: we have been thoroughly defeated.

    April 7, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Phil

    It is not where he went that bothers me. It is what he said when he got there. I don’t really care to have him apologizing to every one for America’s past actions that offended them for what ever reason. The country of France offends me but I don’t expect an apology from them. How they run their country is their business and if it works for them, fine. Obama is the leader of the largest country of the free world. He must be able to make an un-popular decision and not worry that some 3rd ranked country gets their feelings hurt. If its best for America and best for the world, then too bad. I am tired of feeling like the worlds door mat.

    April 7, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Simmy

    And the spoilers continue to lament their demise. Don't hate – celebrate. Yay President Obama! A job well done.......They can't touch it!

    April 7, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. pat C.

    i am very proud of what our president has accomplished during his trip. he has so much to clean up after the way george bush ruined our reputation around the world.lets not forget dick chaney either folks. it took great courage to say an do the things barak obama has done in his first 70 days as our leader. his vision,energy and brillance will soon put us back in good graces with the world once more. i am so proud to be an american and to have such a wonderful president watching out for our interest for a change.
    thank you president obama and GOD bless you!

    April 7, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Unfortunately Obama thinks that being a superpower is a popularity contest. I couldn't care less if the world likes us. I want our friends to respect us, and our enemies to fear us.

    April 7, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. arithmetic is liberal

    Now the real question:

    Can Americans find each of those countries on an unlabeled map?

    April 7, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Larry

    Again...Obama has pulled America out of the Bush Year Slums and we are headed to world Peace with High Heads and Dignity ! Great Job New Adminstration !

    April 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Saad

    Yes indeed. Other than the hate mongers and by nature pessimistic people.

    We have to be positive. That does not mean we think that everything is fixed and the bad that the previous administration has done to our country is all ok now but we are positive for we have hope. Obama brings us hope.

    Oooops, Fox News will hate me now....

    April 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Central FL

    President Obama has made many Americans proud of his overseas trip. He and First Lady Michelle have represented our country very well in the global community.

    God bless America and the new administration!

    April 7, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Rob Kole

    Can those poeple surveyed find those countries on a map?

    Nice trip, but why did you leave sec of defense behind?

    April 7, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. mapmure

    Am so jealous of America. Obama is gonne be the best president and the most loved.

    I can say this and l live in Norway.

    April 7, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    You Americans (Reps) still dont get it!

    Barack Obama did extreemly well last week.
    1 trilion for a world economy stimulus.
    Brake down of nucliar weapens.
    Mediating between Turkey and Armenia.
    All G=20 leaders tell us Obama inspired them.
    Your young man and woman in Iraq loves and respect
    Barack so much more then they did G. Bush
    He truly is a world leader and a very hard worker.
    Be proud America, you finaly got yourself a great President.
    In 4 years he has urned a place on Mount Rushmore and
    in 8 year America and the world is crying when he leaves office.

    Come on CNN let it go!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Go ahead: claim that all he's doing is continuing to campaign. I like when you GOPers do that. See, he's good at it. Scary good at it. On November 4, 2008, you GOPers found out, much to your chagrine and continued tears, just how good at it he. Go ahead, ask Hillary how good at campaigning he is. OBAMA WINS HEARTS AND MINDS. That, more than anything Bush ever did or was able to do, is going to be the key to pressuring world leaders, thru their Obama-adoring populaces, to support our efforts in Afghanistan and the middle east and with North Korea and a whole host of other projects in the realm of foreign relations. All you wannabe cowboys have it completely backwards.

    "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
    -Abraham Lincoln

    April 7, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. peter hogg

    I'm sorry, but did Canada, the largest US trading partner not even merit being included in the poll? Let's not forget America, Canadian, not German or French troops are fighting and dying alongside US forces in Southern Afghanistan.

    April 7, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Bryan Sutherland

    Yeah, how about a mention for Canada? What does it mean when Canada doesn't register; taking us for granted, hmph?

    P.S. – I think the U.S. and Britain are Canada's favorite ; ) friend

    Thanks for electing President Obama! America is Great!

    April 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Kevin B

    The simple minded Obama haters refuse to give prop's when due. Look at the results of the incompetetent Bush adminstration.

    -No OBL caught (de
    -Economic mess
    -Had to duck a shoe

    April 7, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Shelley

    The world loves Barack Obama because he represents the cosmopolitan, multicultural direction the world is headed in – not the Wild West politics of division and unilateral bullying that Bush/Cheney represent (or the pre-Islamic feudal tyrannies that AlQaeda and the Talban are). America looks as if it is finally joining the rest of the world instead of insisting everyone provide a mirror image to what America likes to think it is. It's time to say goodbye to Hollywood cowboys from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush and learn to live in the world as it is – not as some frontier fantasy where good guys and bad guys gun each other down, and anyone else who gets in their way. America is becoming a little bit more like it's ally to the north – the Great White North that is – Canada!!!

    April 7, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Robyn/So Cal

    I am so proud of the way Obama and Michelle represented the best of America and the best that America can be. I believe wholeheartedly that he will make this world safer. (There will always be extremists who hate America) but it is still critical to listen to the needs and concerns of other country leaders. As they say, you attract more bees with honey. Obama is the essense of intelligence and positivity. It may take awhile, but America's best days may be yet to come!

    April 7, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Obama distractions

    More Obama DISTRACTIONS with another false poll. Mark this day in HIstory, Biden says we are more safe today than anytime during the Bush administration, Ha Ha if you believe that then I have some swamp land I want to sell. With Obama, Gates and the rest of the Demoncrates cutting defense and spending all the money and getting friendly with the muslim, taliban and others you think we are safer, not a chance Biden.

    April 7, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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