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. Liberal-Extremist

    Here comes the Neo-con loons ........

    Brain from Knoxville, Still For Hill, Charlotte, ChicoSez any many more ......

    Democrats 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Brian Knoxville, TN

    So we are to believe that Americans are happy about the idea that the jackals at the Obama campaign will package and market a new image for the US in the same way that they packaged and marketed Obama's image?

    That sure would be an improvement over Bush...

    We need competent leaders, not used car salesmen with smoke and mirrors and lofty slogans.

    blog.pumapac.org

    June 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. NW

    That is very true. If Obama will be the United States President, America will be more but turning the page and re-write a new chapter of a new America, here at home and around the world.

    June 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. baljeet

    DNC is doomed they are backing a candidate that can not win. Only change i can believe in is anybody but obama. Wake up people its not too late. He doesn't have a plan for anything .Hillary laid out her plan to the people. Think people you are changing for the worst with obama.

    Hillary 08 else Mccain
    hillary 2012
    hilllary 2016

    June 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Reality

    The image and reputation will change overnight when Barack is elected President of the United States. The US is become that bright light of hope and possibility once again !!! 🙂

    OBAMA 2008 🙂

    June 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. FOREST FOR THE TREES

    IT'S JUST TOO BAD THAT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN SEE THE POSSIBILITIES FOR US WITH OBAMA IN OFFICE AND NOT MORE PEOPLE IN HIS OWN COUNTRY.

    June 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Kim PA

    I can't really say i'm all that confident in the love-fest for Obama by other countries....

    someone always has to be reaching for power and i'm afraid it will hit us blind-sided with him in Office....

    oh Hillary. I miss you in this race!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. charles

    This man, Obama, has already starting improving the U.S. standing in the world and he hasen't even been elected yet, WOW, just think of how the world will look on the U.S. once Obama is elected.
    The warmonger McCain must not win.

    June 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Geri

    Where are the people from when you do these "polls" and how many do you call and ask. Must be a list of Obama supporters.

    June 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. 1 OF 18 MILLION

    Senator Obama, please think about Senior Citizen issues, Youth violence, Summer Jobs (youth), After School programs, Neighborhood Grants/Development, ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY..............................

    Thank You, and FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!! GET YOUR BIG "WALKING STICK" AND GIVE THEM HELL!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Blagoja

    McCain is the best choise for US President because he is good friend with macedonian people and Macedonians in USA love McCain

    June 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. spike

    I'm from the UK.

    WE LOVE OBAMA!!! He is a saviour that the whole world can get behind!

    June 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. dee

    too bad most of us in America can't see the light.we are voting based on race, sex and other non issues..why are most of us narrow minded?

    June 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Mary

    I saw a panel of 8 people on the BBC who thought Obama would be a refreshing change. They said that having Obama as President would change the world's perception of America. That is, for the good!

    I agree totally!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. AROD

    Well duh, the man is a melting pot of ethnicities, calm, collective, intelligent, and clearly amiable. I am a independent but not the bit lease surprise at this news. When outsiders see Obama they see a change candidate. Not because of race, as Geraldine Fernono describe but of diversity, which makes this country of ours so brilliantly defined.

    Please everyone stop the hate mongering against either candidates.
    We don't need any of that in the 21st century.

    If your going to vote for obama because he's black or biracial thats no more ridiculous than voting for McCain because he's white Vote for the candidate that you believe you can better serve you and your needs, not your selfish methodology of seperatism.

    Vote smart 08

    June 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. HILLARY WOULD

    FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!! AND IF YOU STUMBLE, GET UP, WIPE YOURSELF OFF AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT. IT'S NOT WORTH HAVING, IF IT'S NOT WORTH FIGHTING FOR. GIVE THEM HELL, SENATOR, GIVE THEM HELL!!!!! FIGHT UM LIKE THEY STOLE SOMETHING. (OUR COUNTRY).....................TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND OUR WORLD WIDE STATUS, PROSPERITY, HOPE, PEACE, JOY AND LOVE................................YES WE CAN!!!.

    June 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. Nancy from FL

    yea because the world hates America

    we need a true AMERICAN for president with AMERICAN values

    Obama is not a christian, he is a LIAR

    Hillary or McCain 2008

    June 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Joe

    This was a key factor in why I decided very early to support Senator Obama. The U.S. can't stand another four years of Bush foreign policy, and that is exactly what we'll get with McCain. McCain doesn't see any need to change course in Iraq or in any other foreign policy matters. That shows he's out of touch.

    June 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. davis

    this is absolutely true. Go obama

    June 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. DEMOCRAT AGAINST OBAMA

    When you are starting out from the bottom, there is on way to go but up. I think the image of the US is going to improve REGARDLESS of who wins the White House.

    Thanks for the pro-Obama stance CNN...cant say i am suprised though.

    June 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Sharon in Florida

    Oh give me a break *rolls eyes*

    June 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Celeste

    There was a time when Americans were loved and admired around the world. They were the #1/Preferred tourists across the globe. To say the least, most people around the world now are so disgusted with the perception (or reality) of America's 'world police'/ bully mentality. It is unfortunate. An Obama Administration, I believe, would do a lot to mend the tarnished image of the USA.

    June 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. McTourEurope

    And McTour tours the world...yet the world likes him not...interesting...

    June 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Former Republican

    This is not hard; most of the world and its leader are men or women of color.
    They are sick of the dry self-righteous I’m better, smatter, then you because I’m a stuff old white man with a bigger stick. To put it bluntly! Big bully!

    June 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. McCain in '08!

    France and Australia.... what kind of countries are these? Socialist. This is not a good thing people!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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