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. Keith

    Since when did America start electing leaders based on what the people in Europe thought? Honestly here, the most important factor in any election is how our next president will work to help the United States succeed, not how to make us look more attractive to our European socialist brethren.

    McCain's the only one that appears to be doing that at this point...

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Marc PDX

    Our image will change for the better in which countries? Iran, Russia, China, ... Add 'em all up and you have a majority of the world's population. Well, this would be "change"...

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Dj

    51 points! DAAAAAANG! That's amazing!

    The entire world is sick of the US bullying other nations with war and threats of war.

    You're absolutely right R. Cooper... Thank God for sending Obama!

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Marc PDX

    I've finally figured it out... the democrats don't want us to be respected. They want us to be loved. How nice. Look how many pr'Obama posts mention the word love. As I said, how nice!

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. HyperD

    I hear you guys... may the rest of the U.S. have some common sense and good judgment as well..! No way McLame..! Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. John

    McCain has lower ratings than Obama in every country surveyed except the U.S., where the two presumptive nominees run neck and neck.....The U.S. also elected G.W. Bush TwIce!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. A rational human being

    Sadly, I have no doubts that many people are going to say, "Who the heck cares what a bunch of foreigners think?!"

    The truth is that we all should. We Americans have incredibly narrow-minded views of the world and it is time for us to open our minds to the reality that our lives are inextricably entwined with the other nations with whom we share this planet, and it is the all of our best interests to get along and work together.

    The results of this poll are very telling and I urge everyone to ponder what they mean for the future of the United States' position in the world.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Bri for Pres Obama in VA

    Of course it will change...because our president won't be a moron.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    Do you mean to tell me that there was actual doubt over this issue. OMG!!!

    We love you Barry Obama!!!!!!! God Bless and keep you!!!

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    Democrats unite!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Venus

    Of ourse it will! For once - we might enjoy world peace!

    Finally - other countries are looking at America and how they like to bully other countries!

    Go Bam!

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Maritza

    I think so. Plus the innevitable cannot be stopped. The bible codes showed him winning the democratic nomination, and they also say he will be the next US President.

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. dwilkes

    Not just a nice thing, but a hugely important thing to have a president that is respected throughout the world. It has implications for everything from the price of oil to suppressing terrorist activity. Not to mention that he is a fantastic, inspirational speaker and a decent human being.

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    the reason obama is more famous in foreign countries is he is not a war mongrer and tries to please the people with a level head

    June 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. K from the United Kingdom

    everyone in the UK is cheering for him, Europe...lol all the McCain and Clinton attacks over the last few months and Obama is STILL rising up in the polls...lol just imagine the historic value his inauguration speech will have!! jeez!! shivvers lol

    June 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Danmark

    A red carpet welcome awaits you Obama

    June 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. john williams san diego, ca.

    the best way to make other countries REALLY like us is to stop ALL immigration...this country is so corrupt that they can't even stand in line to get in. As Barack stated..'this is the greatesy country in the world and i'm going to CHANGE it'...thank you very much.

    June 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. pakuna

    berry obama will lead you to a cliff and laugh while you all jump off chanting his name.

    June 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. John

    Our US image will change overnight when he is in office!! Ship Hannity, his supporters, and Rush to the moon to mine new fuel for us all!!!!

    Obama 08/12

    June 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Richard

    Americans are masochistic at heart – they like to vote against their best interests. The rest of the free world does not do this.

    We did it with Bush in 2000, again blatantly in 2004, and if it weren’t for the 4 dollar gas, we would no doubt do it again in 2008.

    Sheep will follow the herd off a cliff if allowed to do so.

    June 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Asian- Political Analyst

    YES we all started amusing, to see the way US is rallying behind INEXPERIENCE. Surely now we will satisfy by fact that there is no big difference between US and our third world countries.

    Is there a chance that I can bid for the presidential race now? Who knows I may surprise you all with some new word like 'CHANGE'. LOL

    June 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Herman in LA

    Sorry for the second post, CNN please take this same poll for McCain.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. scott in GA

    So? they can vote for whoever they want. U.S. citizens vote for our President. I don't recall anybody asking us who should be PM of Australia.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Mindi Ditmer

    Am truely hopeing Obama will make me proud to be an American again. Am sure other countries see Obama, as a face of hope, as many Americans do.......

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Lance

    Obama better pick Hillary for his VP or MCCAIN will win!

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. After further review,Texas.

    America regaining respect around the globe as a leader of a free people again after eight years of Republican Dictatorship.

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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