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. Bill R.

    That makes sense, McCain is a guarantee for continued war in Iraq, along with new campaigns in Iran. You just look at him and want to take cover.

    June 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Chut Pata

    Under Obama, US will no longer be seen as the mean bully ruled by gun totting idiotic cowboys from Texas.

    June 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Rick L

    No ship sherlock

    June 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Alison, FL

    YES WE CAN!

    June 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Bibek

    I was a life-long republican for Hillary. Now i am proud to be a republican for Obama.

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. K of TX

    As it should...

    Barack Obama is presenting a new, fresh vision that the world sees as a huge leap forward from what George Bush and John McCain embody.

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. 1 OF 18 MILLION

    That is really good news!! We have lost respect around the world. It would be wonderful to be viewed as a "leaders" and "a great nation" again. Keep the "good news" coming Senator Obama. Land of the free and home of the brave. (1 OF 18 MILLION)

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Agnes

    And exactly what international experience does Sen. Obama have in order to gain favorable opinions by our international brethren?

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. BITTER CHRISTIAN CLINGING TO GUN

    The USA's image has already changed "for the better" in the eyes of HAMAS!

    NOBAMA
    (Keep the change!!!)

    June 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. wesley clinton

    it is now upon us as Americans -Republicans,Democrats and independents to rally behind OBAMA and save our great nation.
    It is no mistake....God has given another JFK like moment to make us great again.

    as a republ;ican am determined to back obama and not the reincarnated bush–mccain
    the guy[mccain] is old,unwise===he supported a bad war, and is poor in economics-he has confessed this before the american public ..

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
    YES WE CAN

    June 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. ginger

    By Kristen Coulter and Bob Cusack
    Posted: 06/11/08 07:48 PM [ET]
    At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.

    Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war."

    So that's 2 non-backers for Sen. Obama and 14 non-backers for McCain

    I wonder why this story isn't all over the news.

    June 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Once again deleted message by CNN

    We are beginning to live in a propoganda driven country.

    We are being brainwashed!

    People wake up before it is too late!

    If it seems too good to be true it is!

    June 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. abdirahman abdi

    America is choosing , now and then, the world president, not only the American president. therefore, we should understand that the change must be real for the American forgieng policy, skyrocketing of gas prices and the value of the currency. Republican Presidential candidate , John Mccian has shown nothing different ,than Mr: Bush's policy that we have seen for the last eight years. And the only change that the American is hoping for is the call from the democratic presidendential candidate, Barack Obama ,so far.

    June 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. Alier, IL

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Those who have unfavorable rate about new USA government are the ones getting big foreign aid from Republican administration. Egypt and Jordan are no except because Egypt is the second receiver of USA donation after Israel and Jordan. There is much worry in some countries that Democrats tend to focuse on demostic issues than foreign ones and I will not be surprise with those statistics.

    June 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Women In California for Obama

    Of course. People in other countries know McPuppet is being bought by the GOP mofia and if he doesn't deliver well...they also know he wants to blow them up and have his daughter write children's books about it. Vote for change. Yes a change-vote Obama. I'll take tomorrow anyday versus yesterday.

    June 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. ben

    We are the most hated nation in the world! Our foreign policy is DO AS WE SAY OR WE WILL EMBARGO YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR PEOPLE WILL SUFFER. IF YOU TRY TO DEAL WITH OTHER COUNTRIES IN SPITE OF OUR EMBARGO WE WILL BOMB YOU BACK TO THE STONE AGE.
    For the first time we have a candidate who says I will talk to you. We will reason together. McCain says we dont need to talk to you. We are stronger and you will comply or face our foreign policy.

    June 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. d. Shaken

    I would think that is appropriate. Someone like Obama would appeal to third world countries, communist countries, Marxist countries.
    They would fear McCain, every dictator loves a leader they can push around, and hates someone stronger then them.

    June 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. ELLIE, Boyds MD

    YEP, YEP, YEP, YEP.....

    The world is SICK of John McCAIN. This WHOLE John McCain is NOT what this country needs, he's just another BUSH with less WHITE HAIR!!

    I mean, America has clearly LEARNED their lessons when they voted for George Bush. I mean, if they haven't gotten buyer's remorse, then something is WRONG! Who the heck want's another 4 years of George Bush?

    I'm a woman, and John McCain is the LAST man I want making any decisions FOR me when it comes to my body or any decisions relating to my body!!

    I WANT Roe vs. Wade to remain...

    I WANT equal pay for WOMEN!!!

    I WANT to BRING our YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN HOME from Iraq!!!

    I WANT to raise taxes on the WEALTHY!!! I'm sick of the rich getting richer with all these tax breaks designed for THEM but NOT for the average american worker, who works hard and pay their taxes on time.

    I WANT to END this ENORMOUS GAS PRICES!!!

    John McCAIN is NOT THE MAN FOR THE JOB!!! He is clearly clueless beyond belief. We need CHANGE, we need to CLEAN HOUSE and get rid of all these old foggies with old minds.

    June 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Phil, FL

    McWarmonger seems to anger folks almost as much as the pistol packing cowboy in the whitehouse.

    June 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. C Shields

    Thank God those fools don't get a vote in US Elections!

    June 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. ToddonCapeCod

    The rest of the world has elected mostly conservative leaders.
    While McCain is hardly a conservative in his own right, Barack Hussein is even to the Left of Ted Kennedy.

    So, why elect him?

    June 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Connie, Tennessee

    That's a no-brainer. Everybody knows our image now so it could only go up. Can't wait. Bush and the Repugs have ruined the United States. We can't take any more of this!

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. November

    CNN TAKE A POLL AND ASK VIEWERS DO THEY BE GLAD WHEN THIS ELECTION IS OVER AND SEE WHAT YOU GET.

    IS IT NOVEMBER YET?

    June 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Vito, Chicago

    Oh yeah-wait until this woos brings home a peace treaty from Iran proclaiming "peace in our time." Six months later Al Qaeda will be in the U.S. and you'll be driving your kids to school in armored cars and wearing flak jackets to work. Appeasement only emboldens terrorists and dictators.

    June 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. annie

    It will change alright but not for the better. with b.h.o. in charge, our country will be destroyed!! He cannot make one sound decision. Wake up people – he is at best unqualified, inexperienced and at worst just plain old evil – look at his friends – look how many lies he has told. WAKE-UP

    June 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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