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. Gary

    Interesting.... Where are the paid bloggers for McCain and the GOP on this one? Maybe it is the fact that other countries view the U.S. by the leaders we keep.

    One more reason for this: Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I guess the rest of us want to see America 'tries' before starting the bombing runs. Face to face negotiations, with the 'important' issues ON the table is better than, 'you do what we want before we will talk to you.' (Canada is carrying the can in Afghanistan BTW!)
    I still can NOT believe McCain is not being forced to flip flop on his proposal to kick Russia, and bar China, from the G8!!!???
    Could SOMEBODY ask Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan how they feel about such a moronic proposal?
    You would hear "he has lost his bearings?' in 5 languages.
    Maybe after 8 years of Obama the improvement in the World's image of America will be such that y'all can STOP wearing Canadian flags when travelling abroad.
    (If somebody could only find a pic of LD backpacking in Europe with a Maple Leaf. Priceless!)

    June 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. William, SFO

    Soft Power is the new Politic.

    June 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. martin

    we have no business trying to micromanage the middle east.but,we do want bin laden and his buddies,and obama will go after them,pakistani wimps,anyway.

    June 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Boston for OBAMA

    All eyes in the world are focused on the USA. Let's show them this country is qualified to lead the world.

    GOD BLESS Barack Obama, his family and his devoted supporters.

    Stop Racism Now.

    June 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. No McBush in 08!

    Obama 08!

    The obvious choice for TRUE democrats

    June 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Will Hayworth

    Ignorism isn't a word, you blithering moron.

    June 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. 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.

    June 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Anton

    Who cares...Obama is being manipulated by the Democratic Party anyway...if he had guts, he would have stayed with his church and still have the Rev. Wright as good friend. Who in heaven's mind would dump a great friendship after 20 years, so that he could further himself.

    June 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Linda31

    Wow and the actually receive balanced reporting, not the McCain darling type reporting. Example? Obama's bitter comment compared to McCain "not too important" comment. I've been hearing over and over again, that's not what he meant. Well, guess what, that's exactly what he said. At least with Mccain we heard the whole comment, can't say the same for the bitter comment. Didn't even get a transcript....

    I digress. Happy to see the world agrees.

    June 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Eric

    It's time for change......

    June 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. It's Vintage, Duh

    Of course they think that. They know a fellow Marxist when they see him.

    June 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. No McCain!

    I think it show the world the United States is more than willing to elect a black leader!

    Also, I think it was mentioned on CNN, most countries except the U.S. are willing to negotiate with hostile nations. I find this a little surprising.

    Hopefully, this will spread throughout the United States and Obama's lead will increase.

    Obama '08!

    June 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    There is no doubt that Obama is the better candidate and should be elected but, the American voters have been noted for choosing a president for the most asinine reasons.
    There is a lot of truth in the saying "you can't go broke underestimating the American public" and I don't think they can bring themselves to vote for a (half) black candidate.

    June 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Mary

    What a stupid article and an even dumber poll!

    Since when does the United States of America elect their presidents based on the opinions of people from foreign countries?

    Gimme a break!

    June 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. canada

    obama is the man and everybody in world could see that. We love you obama came to canada run for prime minister

    June 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. kelly WI

    Who cares what other countries think.
    They would be wise to straighten out their own countries.
    Don't worry. They will still be there with their begging bowls out when they need us for something.
    I'm sure Africa is eagerally awaiting the new 800 billion Obama wants to tax us for and give to them.
    This country first. McCain 08

    June 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. jimmy velman





    June 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. HE IS A JOKE


    June 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. B. Churchill

    This great nation has been a beacon of hope for the entire planet since its inception – the greatest engine of prosperity and social mobility the world has ever seen. No other nation has espoused higher aspirations than ours or labored more mightily to attain them. It is undeniable that we lost our way as prosperity morphed into insatiable greed and our desire for security became intractable militarism. Is it any wonder that the admiration of the world has turned to resentment and fear? All we need to relight the beacon is to return to our true core values – they're all there right in the Declaration and Constitution. Vote for the expansion of freedom, not empire – vote your hopes, not your fears...

    June 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. JK

    Sorry grandpa its not your year.

    America and the world is not looking for a very very very very old person as president.

    The average life age is 78, I dont want somone close to it running the #1 country, also with your temper and what you called your 2nd wife you should be ashamed.

    June 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Ron

    All we need is more people in office that are willing to do the right thing to make change happen.

    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Shane Duncan

    "many countries think" not thing

    Superior, CO

    June 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    We need Obama to put a kinder face on America. After so many years of Bush we are hated world wide. It would be wonderful to travel world wide and not be spit on!
    Obama 08/12

    June 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Just to be able to change our image in the world standing is enough reason to vote for Obama. When the world respects America and our leader, good things happen.

    June 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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