June 13th, 2008
08:55 AM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Image of US will 'change for the better' with Obama

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(CNN)—Despite increasing economic concerns and an on-going war in Iraq, a new international poll finds a widespread belief in many countries that United States foreign policy “will change for the better" once a new administration is sworn into office, particularly if Sen. Barack Obama is elected president.

The international poll conducted by Pew Research of more than 24,000 people in 24 countries found people who have been following the U.S. elections feel more confident Obama “will do the right thing,” with regards to foreign relations than John McCain.

McCain has lower ratings than Obama in every country surveyed except the U.S., where the two presumptive nominees run neck and neck.

Obama’s advantage over McCain is enormous particularly in France, Germany, and Australia, where the Illinois senator leads McCain by up to 51 percentage points.

Overall, there is little confidence in the United States in general among those surveyed in the Middle Eastern countries of Pakistan and Jordan. McCain has a confidence rating of 6 percent in Pakistan, while Obama garners 10 percent. “In Jordan and Egypt, more people who are following the election say they expect new leadership to change U.S. foreign policy for the worse than say they expect a change for the better,” according to the survey.

soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. lynn

    McCain 2008

    June 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. vrishab sikand

    Pakistan is not a middle eastern country. Who writes these blurbs? Does not do much for cnn's image

    June 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    Of course our image will change. Our new president will look at other countries with respect. He will make sure our people are taken care of. We are going to be fine.

    June 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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