June 13th, 2008
08:55 AM ET
14 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. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    We love you here–they love you there–you are loved EVERYWHERE!!

    June 12, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. s

    Of course it will.... I think we ALL know that!!!

    June 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Frank in NYC

    NO MCCAIN!!!
    NO MCCAIN!!!
    NO MCCAIN!!!

    Stop Racism, Sexism, Elitism, Ignorism.
    Make Love not War (and have an abortion if you choose)
    PEACE IN THE WORLD!!

    June 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. R. Cooper

    Thank God for Obama! Otherwise the US may be facing the profile a third world country!

    June 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. What Bull

    And pray tell just why is it that Obama is so well liked in these foreign countries. He is virtually unknown to people here in the U.S. There is more to Obama than we know apparently. Just give some reasons why Obama is liked more than John McCain in these foreign countries. Something is just not right here.

    June 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    We DO need other nations around the world to respect us. We can't survive on our own. Please make the right choice this fall – we don't need another bully in the white house. We need someone who prefers diplomacy first. Obama will keep American's interests first, but will do so in a positive way. Please vote for Obama in November. Our futures count on it!

    June 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Steve

    Another reason to reject Sen. McCain this November...CNN just aired a report that FEMA just gave away 85 million dollars in relief items tagged for Katrina victims. They stored the items for two years and then gave it all away to avoid paying a storage fee. FEMA told CNN they didn't know there was still a need and then refused to comment further as "it isn't news". This report was on CNN five minutes ago.

    We absolutely can not have another four years of Bush policies which is what we'll get with Sen. McCain.

    Vote Obama in November!

    June 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Man of Integrity

    It is not about Image it is about integrity and character. Obama has neither and will destroy the United States. Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and
    all the Muslim Nations will rejoice if he becomes president.

    England, France, Germany and all Democracies will suffer.

    If image is all you are concerned about then we are truly doomed as a Nation.

    McCain 08 , a Man of Integrity.

    June 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Ardnuas

    If we DON'T change, we WILL destroy ourselves. We NEED friends around the world, so IF we have to fight another war............................. we will have HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama/Hagel

    June 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Mike in Calgary

    McCain says he HATES war, but he castigates Obama for even thinking about talking to parties who McCain view as evil ENEMIES ofthe US.

    McCain HATES WAR but obviously McCAIN HATES TALK EVEN MORE THAN HE HATES WAR!

    McCain seemsto losing it. Pro=lifeas he may be, he is alienating without discrimination – he is an equal opportunity turn-off!

    Mike

    June 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Tyler

    Exactly, with Obama as president, the USA will return to it's former place as the strongest and best nation in the world.

    June 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Mark Anthony - Lake Elsinore, CA

    This just goes to show that the U.S. leads the free world and the world wants change and Obamas that change.

    June 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. P, CA

    I like how people who dislike Obama point to the fact that Middle-Easterners want him more, so obviously, Obama has a secret deal with terrorists somehow, but they'll completely ignore the fact that every other country wants him too. Weird.

    Oh, and I took some time to puruse all the PUMAPAC (pro-"If not Hillary, McCain") websites, and honestly, a lot of the linked sites are basically just hate sites against Obama. Way to go, guys. Preach out against Hillary-hating, but let Obama-hating and suspicion run rampant.

    You people (Brian Knoxville, etc.) really are hypocrites if you think you can trash one person because their supporters weren't nice to you. News flash: you were there too during the primaries, and you know that there was nothing different about the vitriol spewed between the two candidates. If you can't learn reconciliation, then I'm sorry, but you've haven't proven to be so virtuous yourselves. I would've been for Hillary if she'd gotten the nod, but she didn't.

    Don't live in the past, don't foster hate, let it go already. You can support McCain all you want – that's not what I'm talking about – but just cool out on the hatemongering and the rumors.

    June 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    Well That Settles It! Obama Is Going To Be Our Next President!

    June 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Bayou Joe

    I am glad you mentioned that the only country that differs is the United States. That is the only country that matters in this election.
    Obama will not be our President.

    June 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Ronald Reagan, HELL

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH..........

    I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LIBERAL, NOT BETRAY THEM.............

    SSOOOOOORRRRRYYYYYYYYYY.............

    AAAAHHHHHHHHHH ITS HOT IN HERE...............

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH..........

    June 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Pam

    I absolutely agree. Not only because of showing how our country is overcoming race, but because Obama is so progressive. The rest of the world needs to see that most Americans are not living in the past. We are a proud people. Yet the world needs to see that we are aware of our image to the world and that we want to change the wrong negative views that some parts of the world harbor about us.

    'We may have some bad apples (doesn't everywhre?) but for the most part we are good descent people.

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    Yes yes, yes,
    people all over the world already are talking about how we can come togehter to talk, to see our differences to agree to disagree, and treat each other with human dignity and respect...........

    YES WE CAN
    the world awaits our leader..............

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    A Billion People Cant Be Wrong!

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Dennis

    well... DUH!!

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Ric

    Clinton Democrats for Mc Cain '08

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Robert

    Finally, someone decided to show what the rest of the world thinks. It was about time.

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. park more

    Yes sure........ McCain now and Hillary on 2012

    June 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. seth

    OBAMA WILL BE A GREAT PRESIDENT- YOU OLD FARTS MUST
    REALIZE THE WORLD IS CHANGING! STUBBORN OLD IGNORANCE
    IS ABOUT TO COME TO AN END! WAKE UP WAR LOVERS- THIS GENERATION DOESN'T WANT THAT KIND OF STUFF ANYMORE!
    PEACE- IS THAT SO HARD?

    June 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Anybody with a brain knows that one.

    June 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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