April 7th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
9 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. Kevin B

    It sounds like the folks on the Obama haters club are just beside themselves, since stupid and reactionary is no longer the official policy of the white house.

    Good job Mr Obama, no one is mad but the devil.....

    April 7, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. malclave

    I notice you don't mention Iraq.

    What's the matter, that doesn't fit in with your political agenda?

    Communist News Network

    April 7, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. naqib

    We were very positive...

    Kinda hoping he'd pick one of them and stay there....

    April 7, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Good first trip. I am certain other nations would be happy to host Barack...and of course, the most enchanting Ms. Michelle.

    April 7, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Leah, Vancouver, BC

    President Ovbama realizes that strength comes from recognizes and admitting your mistakes and in doing so change your course.

    Weakness is ignoring your mistakes and pretending no one has noticed. It is a course for failure as seen by the Bush administration.
    No Republican could have accomplished what President Obama has done in eight days especially someone like Mike who thinks America is a superpower rather than a leader.

    I agree with Spencer from VA as Canada, your largest trading partner and greatest supplier of natural resources,has lost more soldiers in Afghanistan per capita than any other nation including America.

    Your arrogance at overlooking us is why so many of us heartly support our gov't's move for a free trade agreement with the European Union and more trade with China.

    April 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Robin in Tampa, FL

    "I want our friends to respect us, and our enemies to fear us." – Mike Syracuse, NY

    How typical .... American's don't like being told what to do, but they are the first to demand respect from others even if it alienates their Allies. This was Bush's approach to everything, and in the end it has severely hurt this country's ability to fight its enemy's because we no-longer have our friends around to help us.

    April 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. indiana voter



    I think what you mean to say is "Obama wins the hearts and minds of the gullible."

    Those with brains see right through his tactics, unlike you who still has a "crush" on the man Obama, prohibiting you from seeing the mistakes he is making.

    April 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. richard

    One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Thank you Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. George Enis

    Guys what a imprecive comments I have been reading here. To behonest everything will be fine now in the world not only in US, But in the world too. President Obama knows who're the devils. But the president wants to call them on the tables first, if they don't listen then, his ready to give them what they want.
    Now on to Hannity and co of FOXNEWS. Did this peope realy love there country????????? I don't think so. Hannity is the king of hate preacher. I am a white. and I want Obama to succeed. But him Hannity keep blackmailing the new president for just nothing. All hannity,Rush,O'reliy and Becks is to Mr President to fail and fall. That won't happen. The president want to reintall our relationship with the rest of the world. But this FOXNEWS HATE PREACHER DOES OT WANTS THAT TO HAPPEN. God Bless Obamas and America.

    April 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. gail

    Barack Obama is the BEST. A great President.

    April 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. chuck


    April 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Dan

    Just an aknowledment that Mr. Obama is doing a good job representing America's image around the world. Some people may not agree with his policies but that's another matter. Overall he is trying his best. That's all I can hope for and I am greatful for that.

    April 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Donatella

    There is a reason why our country is in the shape it is in, some people are so negative they don't know how to be happy anymore, all they see is the negative in any situation. It is sad because we live in one of the most properous countries in the world, we have our freedom and a wonderful president to be proud of and all you can do is complain about what he didn't do, what is wrong with you people, do you enjoy being hateful, what happened in your life to make you this way? I know we are in a recession, but you can see the light at the end of the tunnel if you look for it. And by the way, I work everyday, I own my on home, I am college educated, I believe in the death penalty and the right to own arms,.I was also born in the south, I have never been on welfare or any other social program in my life.

    April 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. ExDemocrat

    Americans have positive view of major US allies but they have NEGATIVE views about USA. Europeans has a new name for Obama WINDBAG-IN-CHIEF. They call him a bore, they said his canned speeches are getting old. They said he can't answer a simple question and often very evasive when asked.

    UK couldn't stand Gordon Brown, he banckrupted their economy, their british pound now have lost 30% of its value and their equity is NEGATIVE.

    A lot of you people don't know how to read and when you do, you don't understand what you're reading. In the Middle East alone there are many rallies against Obama, a Syrian national pretending to belong to the press even want to assassinate him, that says a lot eh?

    April 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Lori

    President Obama is trying to mend relationships with even our allies. Some Americans fail to realize (the Republicans) that under the Bush Error, our allies such as England and Australia hated us. Tony Blair suffered greatly for supporting the unjust war in Iraq and the people hated him for it. Ditto for the PM in Australia.

    P.S. Republicans who are so 'Christian' are always the ones who want to bully and show our military prowess to the world. I cannot for the life of me understand how the party of so-called Christians can be so hateful and war-happy.

    April 7, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Krish

    We, Americans have two choices. We can continue to be arrogant (there is a difference between being best and arrogant) and continue to insult everyone else or we can be best, be leader and be friendly with others. Considering human race can only survive by being social and not in isolation, i believe we are walking in right direction after a long time. Imagine how you are going to survive if you tell all your neighbors that you are better than all of them and you don;t care about them unless they agree with you all the time.

    April 7, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. But the man has no credibility......

    He promised a stern response to N. Korea if they launched and then did nothing. Why should Iran, N. Korea, Syria or even Al Qaeda and the Taliban take him seriously????? This is the first woos president since Carter. Plus with those ears, he looks like Alfred E........

    April 7, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. James

    Sniffit give me a break! When do you dems stop comparing Bush to Obama? I swear you libs are so obsessed with Bush that you have lost all of your objectivity about the issues.
    The US President has always had the ability to persuade other Governments. This is not unique to Obama. But hey you can continue to talk about Obama's potential all you like. Eventualy we will need to see some results and so far there is no evidence that Obama’s International influence has created any benefit for our Country.
    I hope he is able to persuade North Korea to not bombing us, because when he strips away our missile defense all we will have is his "charm."

    April 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. 60's survivor

    way to go Mr President -everybody in so many places stand to benefit!!

    April 7, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. xenia

    Obama is addicted to applause.

    April 7, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. scot

    Watching President Obama deal with the dozens of situations, including public presentations - and make his way within a community of international leaders with grace and ease ...

    what a contrast with his predecessor.

    I don't doubt that some genuinely nasty situations are going to arise in the future - situations that will require backbone and maturity to deal with.

    I think I am going to be satisfied. Frankly, I don't think we have ever had a chief executive with such energy, such a steep learning curve, and such natural leadership qualities.

    I am almost looking forward to the time when we get to see what Obama is really made of. I think he is going to be flat out impressive.

    It is SOOO nice to feel good every day that we are extricating ourselves, bit by bit, from the crap that the idiots who have been in power, have gotten us into.

    Proud. Go Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We are in an economic race for survival and without reaching out to our friends and enemies we cannot succeed. Revenue and human life is economically collateral damage caused by wars.

    April 7, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. MikeNJ

    Nice of him to tour the world with his tail between his legs apologizing to every tom dick and abdul he meets..... all while North Korea is testing missles and Iran is receving money to get nukes....He's a real modern day Niro......get your fiddle out Barack.......IDIOT

    April 7, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. silly rabbit

    just saw the President's approval rating is at 66%
    the GOP approval rating is 31%

    and you righties keep whining on these websites but it appears your whining is either falling on death ears or just only in your own circles.

    April 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. william

    I am hoping President Obama will take a few days at Camp David. I, for one, am tired just trying to keep up with everything he is accomplishing.

    We have a LEADER - one who, unlike our last president, puts himself in front of the people he is leading freely, openly and often.

    Unbelievable. Fantastic. Just don't burn out!!! There's a very big list of very big messes that require cleanup.

    God Bless Barack Obama

    April 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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