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. Marty, Orlando, Fl

    WOW!! that sure says alot. The world is following this election and have great confidence things will change if Obama is President and I do to.

    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Denmark 4 Obama

    Greetings from Denmark! Yay!!!

    Obama is our Guy, seriously, Everywhere I go people think very little of the USA, U guys need to improve ur image after Bush's cowboy administration, yihaaaaaaaaar...

    June 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Tracey

    The only stupid country is the US. The world was dumbfounded when we re-elected Bush. Lets not look like fools again.

    June 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. ct voter

    The world is watching and hoping! We're talked about all over, how open we are to any gender and race, this is truly a great election year and the world is watching again!

    June 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |

    Obama's Democratic victory........reflects well on America.......and bodes well for the world.

    June 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Brian Knoxville, TN

    You mean that the Obama campaign will package and market a new image for the US the same way that they packaged and marketed Obama's image?

    That sure will be an improvement over Bush.

    We new competent leaders, not used car salesmen with lofty slogans.

    Puma Democrat

    June 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. acosta


    as you can see he is well liked and will get a lot more done than

    If you can't vote for a black man, then do not vote at all.

    Thank You, The World

    June 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Joyce in Florida

    Yes, the image of the US will change but I am not sure if it will be better.

    June 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Ziggy Stardust

    Maybe the only people who don't know how the US is viewed abroad are Americans who don't care about the US image abroad. It is clear to everyone that Obama would make America safer abroad, except to those who never travel abroad. If foreign countries approve our president (Obama) then we will be able to bring peace to the world without sacrifying American lives.

    June 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Ms Jackson

    I am so happy to read everyone's comments. AOL has a page that totally bashes Obama and it's mostly racial comments against him and in favor of Hilary. I hope Hilary isn't as racist as some of her supporters appear to be!

    June 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Not all "change" is positive.
    I want a president not an american idol

    Meet with foreign dictators will change our image that is certain.

    June 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Loretta from California

    We are going to be looked at very differently after this election. The whole world is watching to see just what we are made of, and I am so proud to be an American, so proud of what they have seen so far.

    Democrats Unite!


    June 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Ian

    If we're going to continue trying to control the world, why can't the outside world vote?

    June 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Marie

    That makes sense because anyone would appear to be better than Bush.

    June 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Suzanne

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T. America is coming of age with Obama. He is diplomatic, presidential, and brilliant, with a social vision for America and the world that is all about sustainability and fixing what is broken. He is all about restoring the American Dream and once again collaborating with our friends (and negotiating wherever possible), but always keeping America safe by fighting terrorism where it really is. The world is safer with Obama's wisdom and values leading the discussion on issues which affect the whole planet. We are, after all, one human family.

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. From abroad

    The world endorses Obama – really!

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Tim in Canada

    Obama is a bridge, it's in his DNA. Go bridge the world Bam Bam, it is your destiny but it will be a challenge though. The world has been waiting for a long time.

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Ms Jackson

    As great as Obama will be for this country I'm not sure anything can repair the image that the US carries. It's bad!

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. HereWeGo

    Of course, but there are still a lot of people in southern states that have a dixie attidue, very sad, can't move forward because of long instituted prejudices.

    June 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Tanya

    If they are comparing with the present occupant, US international image would do better with my cat in a White House.

    June 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Teacher in CA

    This is true. All of my in-laws in Canada are rooting for Obama.

    June 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Folks this young (46 years old) man is the real deal!!!!

    No wonder he is getting the nod from soooooooooooo many countries.


    "YES YOU CAN"..."YES HE CAN"....."YES WE CAN"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Barack, all the way to the White House!!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Arche H.

    Yah right CNN ! Propaganda as always! Most people in the Could care less and many will hate America just because we exist and are rich!

    June 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Michigan Voter !!!

    Is This A Joke ? , Half The The Democratic Party Don't Want Him , LOL

    Hillary , Or John McCain

    June 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Republican who loves OBAMA

    Obama is like a breath of fresh air! Some are questioning whether he has enough experience, last time I checked McCain is a senator also, and how is his experience to run the country any better than OBAMA. McCain has been around the same old Washington croonies for years, and is deeply embedded in their ways. He's promising change, but is running the same kind of smear campaign right out of the old Republican's playbook. Obama brings a level head and temperment that the country needs to get back on track. He may not have all the answers, but he has called on all Americans to stand up and fight for your own American dream, and we haven't heard this from a presidential candidate in a LONG time. Vote for OBAMA, and restore America. Good luck OBAMA!!!
    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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