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. Stud

    The world is waiting for us to elect Barack. Republican/bigots are on the losing side of this fight.

    June 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. jfs Memhis, Tn

    There is an excitment around the world not seen since the early Sixties and the JFK Administration. We NEED this man so much now. Go Obama

    June 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. KE

    Something to think about during this political season.
    We’ve been lied to for the whole time.

    June 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. bobby

    this is one of the things that has suffered dramatically under the Bush administration. We need to restore the world's opinion of us ....PRONTO!

    June 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. ???

    It's not just Obama, but the fact that he is bringing us together as nation despite racial tensions. Also, for those that say he's just a good orator:

    1) He has already started making changes and keeping promises by rejecting lobbyist money

    2) Lincoln, Churchill, and FDR were able to solve many problems because of their ability to inspire confidence in the people of the nation. NEVER underestimate the power of a great orator.

    June 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. al

    *******************************************
    MCCAIN CONTENDS THAT HE HAS EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO FOREIGN POLICY. BUT PUTTING THAT EXPERIENCE TO GOOD USE IS THE ISSUE NOT JUST HAVING ONE. BETTER JUDGEMENT FOR US AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBORS AS WE ARE AFTER ALL THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Mark

    I love Germans and Canadians because they love my man Barack.

    I hope he does an international tour to show how much people outside the US love him.

    June 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. mel

    This change will benefit the country and yes a female vp will
    be great for this administration,it is time. Kansas governor or
    McCaskill. McCain is not to be president he is only interested
    in the war. Change is good for this country with Obama.

    June 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Dealt

    That is why I can't understand a recent poll (heard it today on CNN) which seems to give the advantage on foreign policy to McCain. Apparently americans think McCain has more experience (yes, if policy were about war). The world is eager for Obama's vision and is bit tired of USA, the bully. Do americans confuse strength with brute force?

    June 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Of course it will, people don't like you much when you threaten them.

    June 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Henrita

    Mccain represents the same – gray-haired white men who think they are better than other nations and don't have to negotiate with them. Always threatening force. Obama is change and a glitter of hope different to this old attitude which has brought the United states to the sorry state that it is in today. Don't think others around the world don't know this. That is why they welcome Obama.

    June 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Mike

    Many countries 'thing' U.S. foreign policy will improve with Obama as President.

    Get a better editor, I see stupid mistakes like this all the time.

    June 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. NickNas

    It is a shame that every outher country in the world can see it but Partisan " my team" Highschool cheerleader mentality of the people in this country cannot see the big picture. They seem to treat Politics like a Home Coming Game.

    People all over the world want to see the US Shine again.

    June 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. YES WE CAN + YES WE WILL= DEMS IN WHITE HOUSE

    The world is holding it's breath in anticipation of Obama winning, it will be a breath of fresh air when he does! Just the thought of an intelligent person with a wise and mild temerament, one that puts peace ahead of war while at the same time the courage to fight if it is necessary. We need Obama someone that is not soley about filling his pockets while the people go bust!

    We need Obama to gain respect from nations across the world after the eight years of Bush being a bummbling embarrasement to us all over the world.

    We will be so proud each time he represents us with his intelligence and good looks. Plus the fact that he is a black man will be viewed as progress for America, it also will go well for the nations that do not trust white Americans, there are many nations that we deal with that have a total distrust for any and all whites. Many in the military can attest to this!

    June 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Josh, CA

    Yes, our soiled image will be clean again when Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the great USA!

    June 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. taylor

    That just speak's volumes when your ratings are that high internationally. I think (not just people) but countries in general are sick and tired of the same old thing, where you dont deal with certain countries, but only talk to those who you consider your friend. And i also think that these countries are sick and tired of all the bullying tactics...everybody want's something fresh and new...i know they see this in Barack Obama...LONDON.ON.

    June 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Blake, San Diego

    Too bad we're the only country that hasn't figured it out yet.

    Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Joe

    I don,t think the white blue color worker understand what is going on around the world. They thinks, the years where kkk run loose is still possible. Or slave mentality is still possible.
    The world has change, for good or for worst, for peace or for war.
    the choice is clear, no more blind loyalty, no more head games, no more special interest groups, no more preferences to one group of people or ethnicity. Equal right, and Justice or hope for the worse.
    The whole world no longer trust white people to lead the world for the next 21 century. It is weather you like it or not.
    The world had enough and enough is enough.
    THE WORLD WANT A CHANGE !!!! AND NO BODY CAN STOP IT.

    June 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. I'M EUROPEAN

    OBAMA I'm PRAYING FOR YOU! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    June 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. EWENIKE ROWLAND,italy

    surprised that the sampling excludes us here in italy. ask us what we think about the american election 2008?i ,my,husband ,freinds,and even indigenes here have closely followed the entire race and not only will obama as next president promote peace in america ,but across the world. it also would enhance american claim of the leader of free world. we love u obama and all that u stand for. ride on !!!

    June 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Christian, Tampa FL

    Obama will help our image around the world in a very substantial way through the very act of being elected. The fact that he'll be a good leader only makes it all that much better.

    June 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    People The World Over Agree That Mccain Would Be A Train Wreck To Foreign Policy!

    June 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. 1 of the 18 million who voted for Obama

    It is time for our country to turn the page on past and look toward a new and briter future.

    June 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    BLAM! In Your Face Mccain!

    June 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. s.positive

    Some ignorant idiots may not buy this simple truth...

    June 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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