April 7th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Americans positive about nations on Obama's intinerary

(CNN) - You think President Obama is popular? Take a look at how Americans feel about some of the countries he's just visited.

As he wraps up his first overseas trip since taking office, some of the countries on his itinerary are viewed favorably by an overwhelming majority of Americans, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.

Americans have very positive views of major U.S. allies. Topping the list is Great Britain, with nine in ten Americans holding a favorable view of the first country Obama visited on his current overseas swing. Japan and Germany get a positive rating from at least seven in ten Americans. France and Turkey, also visited by the president over the past few days, are also seen in a positive light.

Roughly seven in ten of those polled say they hold favorable views of Israel and India – a virtual mirror image of results for the Palestinian Authority, which draws an unfavorable rating of 71 percent, and Pakistan, which gets negative marks from 76 percent.

Mexico draws a favorable rating from a slim majority, with 52 percent holding positive views of the country and 46 percent a negative opinion.

As the Obama administration weighs easing some financial and travel restrictions on Cuba, six in ten Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the island nation. The public is split in their views of old Cold War enemies Russia and China, and Hugo Chavez-led Venezuela, with just over half holding negative views of those nations.

But they don't seem divided in their opinions on Iran and North Korea, two countries which have grabbed headlines in the first few months of Obama's presidency: both are viewed negatively by nine of ten Americans surveyed.

The survey included telephone interviews with 1,023 adult Americans conducted April 3-5. Most questions have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Gene

    What a great survey! Completely irrelevant and a complete waste of time to poll... but hey, it's some great trivial information!

    Results from the next survey soon to come:

    How do Americans feel about cats with 6 or more toes on one paw?

    Sorry.. the fact that some of these surveys are even held just astonishes me sometimes.

    April 7, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Shannon


    The problem with your statement is that during the Bush administration even a lot of our allies didn't respect us.

    At least now most if not all of those allies respect us a lot more and I think that with President Obama much more willing to work with other countries and much more willing to compromise than his predecessor that more and more countries will respect us and we need that desperately!

    April 7, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Terry,VA

    Everyone loves Obama in Europe/Asia. Why? They know that they will kick our @ss. They know they have never had the opportunity before. Let's lay down. Even actor Kal Penn who recently left the FOX program "House" has joined the action. Maybe Barrack Hussein Obama will follow the way Penn left "House"

    April 7, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Larry from RI

    People tend to respect you more – when you aren't threatening them.

    People will rationally discuss problems with you – if you are listening.

    People will find ways to work with you – when you are willing to work with them.

    The divisiveness, sour grapes and anger from the right is because the political earth has shifted from under their feet and they, like the dinosaurs, when faced with a markedly and rapidly changing world have only two choices, either rapid evolution – or extinction.

    Mr. Obama is President of all of the USA and has brought honor and dignity to that position.

    April 7, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    You haters are the cause of all this killing though out the USA. You haters need to realized the evilness you are speading are effecting the behavors of a lot of mentally ill people.

    April 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    I bet all these negative comments are coming from you white people who feel the USA only belong to you white people. Please all you white haters get use too other races running the WHITE HOUSE from here on.

    President Obama have opened the door for other races to become the President of the USA. It might been when hell freeze over before the USA see a WHITE PERSON RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE. Other coutries are showing how much they like dealing with a President that is not WHITE! America is not the country for the good old white boys any more!

    April 7, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. johnny

    Our president is doing a fantastic job, in such a short time. I imagine the cognitive dissonance must be awful for so many republicans.

    April 7, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. sandy

    He needed to apologize for the American governments actions, not the American people. This should have been done a long time ago. We are not perfect and our government is not perfect. He is bringing back some of the respect we lost over the past few years. Get behind him people. He needs us now.

    April 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Can Americans find each of those countries on an unlabeled map?"

    I can say that most of the americans that wrap themselves up in their flag, holding their guns and their bibles and watching NASCAR probably cannot find those countries on a map. Of course they are mostly republicans also.

    April 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. alvino

    It is always something with the wingnuts.

    First, they are upset that Obama names Kal Penn instead of a really terrible actor and insurrectionist Chuck Norris.

    Then they downplay meeting with many of the countries who were our allies during the Korean conflict. He gets $1 trillion pledged by G20, and they call it a failure

    Next they cry about the possibilty of reducing our ability to destroy the entire planet ten times over to maybe only eight times. Violate the truce of 1953 by blowing up N. Korea's on the launch pad.

    With the incredibly shrinking numbers that support the right, you would think they would learn.

    April 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. phoenix

    America is feeling up beat because we have a President of action, not afraid to engage with the public and the world.

    April 7, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Jimmy the Greek

    @ Sniffit shouts,


    LMAO... yeah... "hearts and minds"... but not the commitment from other countries to help in Afghanistan or to pony up $$ for world stimulus fund.

    In other words – they're all glad America is being led by a pansy now who is interested in apologizing for American "arrogance" than calling out free nations on their DUTY to help prosecute the effort against terrorism.

    April 7, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. rene ohio

    this country is arrogant, especially when they refuse african americans, even in there low paying 8 dollar/ hr jobs,, these so called small busineeses would rather higher foriergners over blacks,,sad

    April 7, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    Mike Syracuse, NY April 7th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

    Unfortunately Obama thinks that being a superpower is a popularity contest. I couldn't care less if the world likes us. I want our friends to respect us, and our enemies to fear us.

    Our friends respect us and our enemies fear us when the world likes us.

    April 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Laughing hard

    I love how the American media has covered up the foreign press following Obama's overseas trip. One newspaper asked "Isn't it time for him to go home yet?" while another stated his speeches are boring, "he just drones on and on and on"

    April 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    But are they excited about what he said?

    April 7, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Veronica

    Wow. So this is what it's like to be a proud American! Haven't felt like this in ... eight years! It's so refreshing to have a president who listens! Who takes others opinions into account! Acknowledges mistakes! Who seeks to pursue the art of compromise!!

    Kudos the President and Mrs. Obama for a job well done!

    April 7, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    For everyone saying it our allies doesn't matter...you really are clueless aren't you? America is no longer the top country at everything as many of you seem to think, and being a superpower doesn't justify doing whatever the hell we want. Fear of us doesn't get us as far as you might think with other country's, especially when its gone past fear in some country's because of Bush, and gone to hate. Stop acting like we're the most amazing thing in the world, because we're falling behind, and thinking like that will keep that happening. Not seeing an instant increase in your bankroll doesn't mean he's not being successful too. We've been getting arrogant over the last few decades, and lost some of the key advantages we had because of that arrogance.

    April 7, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. No Incumbents 2010

    Will they love America because President Obama says so many reasons why the world should hate us? Or will it be because he now likes using his middle name?

    April 7, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Simmy and Pat C. What was accomplished? He wanted combat troops for Afghanistan, didn't get it! He wanted Germany and France to increase their spending, didn't get it. North Korea defied him just like they did Clinton and Bush! Exactly what are we celebrating! I am not hating nor I am blaming Obama, this was he first meeting and it was a feel out period. I'm questioning those who are proclaiming success and are ready to party! We are going to pump $100 Billion into the International Monetary Fund! Where is this coming from? You want to throw a party, fine but at least have a reason!

    April 7, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. JOHN


    April 7, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. penny lane

    I would like to know why rep. refuse to blame their own

    April 8, 2009 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  23. +JamesLancaster+

    Pres. Obama is doing a wonderful job. I am a republican and I love how the president is facing all the challeges that are facing our nation domestically and internationally with confidence and humility. "Humble yourself and God will lift you up" As long as he conside God first in all his decisions God will bless America plentifully.My fellow republican must all these arrogancy!!!

    April 8, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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