April 29th, 2009
09:31 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama-foreign affairs Grade

(CNN) - A new national poll suggests that Americans think the Obama Administration's performance on foreign affairs deserves a C plus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, as President Barack Obama marks 100 days in office, asked respondents to use a grading scale of A, B, C, D and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor.

Twenty-six percent of those questioned gave an A, 26 percent a B, 20 percent a C, 11 percent a D and 17 percent a F. The Obama administration's grade for its performance on progress in foreign affairs averaged out to a C plus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 23-26, with 2,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. jermaine

    Great job Obama....keep doing what you are doing.

    April 29, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Scott Finnell

    I believe that Obama has done a fine job. He is trying to mend the fences that Bush destroyed. Bush ruined our standing in the world. We were never a country that invaded other countries unless we were attacked. I think Bush ruined the country. He did not care about anything that happened here in our country. Obama cares about our country, and he cares about what happens here. If we had another Katrina, he would have every resource he could throw at it there. I am so glad Bush is gone. I think Obama is going to make some mistakes, but at least he will admit that he screwed up. Bush never said he did anything wrong. I am so thankful to God that we have a young and energetic president in charge of our country.

    April 29, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. IS IT 2012 YET ??


    April 29, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Personally, I think the man is either a schizophrenic or completely deliberately destroying the country. Look at the facts.... 1) auto makers bailout: First we need to save them. Then 1 month later he mandates that their cars MUST attain an average EPA rating of 30 mpg in 2 years. Ok...so where is a cash strapped industry suppose to get the funding for research to produce such results? So we bail them out just to propose legislation that would kill them.
    2) Violence is down (comparatively) in Iraq. We are taking the fight to Afghanistan and need local support. We are trying to politically squash a Taliban advancement in Pakistan. Sooo he decides to release secret information on interrogation tactics and NOW decides to release photos supposedly showing prisoner abuse. Is that how we gain local & tribal public support? So we gain support by ticking them off.
    3) The bank bailouts involved buying and guaranteeing toxic assets. In exchange the government was given preferred stock in each bank. NOW he wants to convert the preferred stock to common stock which would grant the government a 51% share of the voting rights. The government has never made a wise "business" decision in it's entire history. They can't work within their own balanced budget so what makes ANYONE think this is a good idea? Only those supporting nationalizing the industry would and these would also be those who have not a single ounce of business sense.

    AND etc etc etc on each policy he and the other two stooges (Pelosi and Reid) have proposed.

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Luis A Jimenez

    President Obama is showing the World that USA is not a bad country ,especialy after this last 8 years ,when the people around the World seriously increase an anti-American feeling. Obama is talking to the World , and every body listened and velived what he said because he speaks from THE HART.

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. busiahome@aol.com

    As an American who travelled abroad a great deal last year, I can assure that a change in administrations has done a great deal to restore our credibility abroad. This President is not being any more gratitious than any of his predecessors-if we actually studied history in schools these days people would remember this. Our President, President Obama has done a great job of cleaning up the mess that the last President crafted under secrecy, torture and alarming ignorance.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Betsy B

    I gave him a strong A. We can't expect anyone in this position to be perfect in every respect. We have the responsibility to do our part and not expect a new president to do it all in 100 meager days much less 4 years. We have become a nation that expects a President to solve all our problems immediately. He has already restored a lot of respect in the world for the U.S. They seem to respect him more than his own country. No one can do it all; we should be trying to work with and cooperate instead of expecting one person to solve the problems our country is facing.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Dr. David Bruce

    Dedicated hard working and determined. A+.

    April 29, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Dan Stanley

    The people got it right this time

    April 29, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. alvino

    Would the righties rate Obama higher if he acted like Bush and kissed a Sauldi king and held hands with him like a 4th grader?

    April 29, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. cary

    Funny to see the low grades here are not supported by anything coherent. Hmmmmm

    April 29, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Jeff V.

    F- North Korea please don't test that missle... Pretty Please ?

    April 29, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Huntressaforwords

    The shame is the willfully ignorant who represent this nation in the form of the GOP. These gentlemen and women of the GOP are the shame those wanting better ran and elected the new President. We were hoping that our actions would represent the direction we need this nation to strive for. I have not forgotten the constitution and first few perfect words from imperfect men we the people in order to form the most perfect union we will strive for perfection.

    April 29, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. Audrey Bailey-Hocker

    I give our president an A+, for many reasons.

    To begin with, this young president inherited problems that no other president has ever faced. Yes, we've had presidents during the depressions who faced similar situations, however, never one who faced a world depression. In like manner, He was inherited a war that this country, never should have been involved in and has cost our country, dearly, in both lives and money. Also, Pandemics, undocumented aliens, and a severly damaged reputation for America, around the world.
    Consequently, with all of these enormous problems, I know has done a fine job.

    April 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Stefka P.

    I would really appreciate if Obama backed away from EU foreign policy. Turkey has no place in the EU and Eastern European countries will suffer right when they are about to build a better economy. There are so many cultural differences to think of. I'm from Bulgaria originally and I know what a heavy blow this addition to the EU will be culturally and economically. This particular case is definitely strictly EU matter, nothing U.S. government should touch on.

    April 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. San

    I am somewhat perplexed. When voting was finalized with Wolf , grades for Obama's foreign affairs and first 100 days were B/B-. Later when Anderson Cooper becomes host, grades changed from B to C+. What gives here and I don't buy the nonsense about a scientific vote-CNN you got some explaining to do.

    April 29, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
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