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. Jenna

    Sounds like a lack of "Judgement" to me...

    June 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. McCain08

    Stand strong even if we must stand alone. Iran must submit and not threaten Isreal. If we must we will just have to wipe them out.
    Hillary was weak that is why her 18 million has come over to the right side. Obama is not strong in the eyes of the world as McCain. McCain is a leader and don't care what the rest of the world thinks, he only cares about what is good for America. That is a true leader.
    McCain 08

    June 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Gee, in Pakistan Obama beats McCain 10% to 6% with 84% undecided or think both will be horrible. That's a vote of confidence!

    June 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. curtis in WI

    Polling also shows that most people think that giant yellow ball in the sky is the sun and that when everything outside it wet, it may well have rained.

    June 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. vw

    If you all thought the image of US had changed for better with Jim Carter's administration, maybe the image of US will "change for the better" with Obama...

    Either McCain or Clinton represent the bright side of USA

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. H D Phelps

    I have every confidence that it will

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. drsmarty08

    Barack Obama has a genius for tact and diplomacy. It's nice to know that w/ an Obama presidency, air strikes are not our only means of preventing and/or solving international conflicts. The notion that our leaders might have the brains and skill to maturely resolve conflicts with the gift of gab is astounding and long overdue. It's time for America to regain its prominent and exemplary standing in the world community. It's time to replace Bush's brutishness w/ Obama's finesse.

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. America the Beautiful

    It's nice to see us become part of the global community again!

    I am so disgusted by Bush's comment suggesting that we'll just have to abide by the Supreme Court's decision in the matter of Guantanimo... why has this man and certain members of his admin not been prosecuted??

    Because too many governmental figures would also fall. Our country has disgraced itself, here's to a much brighter future!!

    June 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Larry Ohio

    The entire world can see OBAMA IS THE RIGHT CHOICE.
    This election will pick the person who will lead the free world and the other world leaders are far younger than Mccain who's ideas are stale and part of a past era.

    June 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. veronica from jersey

    i have no doubt about that..I want Obama representing me around the world!!

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. American

    Europeans = smart. Sorry anti-intellectual America

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. JJ

    Who the hell cares what anyone else thinks about us?!??!
    If muslim countries are "endorsing" obama, be afraid, be very afraid!

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. 1st Mrs. McCain is the Real Hero..

    ...............Because people want an HONEST LEADER.........

    .................... Yes...WE...Can..

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Nija

    Vote for McCain and your whole family of men will be drafted to go to war with Iran. May be none will make it back to US.

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. James

    We could have had a better canidate if it hadn't been ror the RIGHT WING and the MEDIA-

    June 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Renee, Florida

    I am so glad Obama didn't "WAIT HIS TURN". Carpe diem! You'd better take your chances...or someone else will.

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Shiloh Everett

    This matters. Our international reputation is in dire need of repair.

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Jan, Willow Grove, PA

    If you folks think the Image of the US in the world could not get any worse, just make sure McCain is elected President.

    That old man is so backwards, after his first term a womans right to chose will be gone and "equal pay" is the punch line of discriminating jokes. After his second term I wouldn't even be surprised if women have lost the right to vote and the husband automatically owns all her possessions after marriage.

    Americans really love reruns and remakes, don't they? Womens rights movement take two. If you really manage to get McCain elected and he can only push HALF of his real agenda (including all the wars he would like to start without any prior attempts of diplomacy whatsoever), the current Image of the US in the world would be a pretty picture by comparison.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a third time, shame on America!

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Ron Borzini

    McCain = Herbert Hoover

    Obama = FDR

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself! We need the vision and hope that was FDR.

    June 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    Frank in NYC wrote:

    "Stop Racism, Sexism, Elitism, Ignorism."

    That's so old, except for the "ignorism" part. And still ridiculous.

    I can't believe a native New Yorker would talk like that. You must have moved here.

    R. Cooper wrote:

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

    He'll no doubt accelerate the already steep descent of the US into third-world territory.

    June 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. White small town for OBAMA

    We love you Senator Obama you inspire us for a better AMERICA

    June 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. David Menifee, Ca

    That fresh after the last seven years under Bush and the damage he has done we need a fresh start in the world again.

    June 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Sharon Adkins

    For the first time, since I could vote as a Democrat, I will be voting as a Republican. I am not the only voter who feels that Clinton should have stayed in the race against Obama. I feel that Obama is the worst candidate you could have found, he is not for the common man but for big business and his own ego of importance. I am totally afraid of what this man will do for our country or to it. I would rather have four more years of a Republican than vote for him. There are many of us in Iowa who feel the same and have been sending out the messages to get Obama defeated.

    June 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. NORA, FLORIDA

    As a travelor, Our image overseas is one that I am not proud of. It is best not to announce that you are American in certain parts if you can get by with it.

    It is so sad as to what the Bush Administration has done to alienate this country and voting McCain would be further alienation. IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH TO HEAR SOME OF HRC SUPPORTERS BOAST THEIR VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE ANGRY VOTERS!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Charlene in VA

    I dont see how it will change , i think it will be one big ball of mess. I beleive the country is more divided now more than ever.

    Hillary or Mccain

    June 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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