April 13th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans say Obama respected by world leaders

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/13/art.obama.jordan.gi.jpg caption="President Obama walks with King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday at the nuclear security summit in Washington."]Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama hosts a major international summit in the nation's capital, a majority of Americans say that he wins the respect of world leaders, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday indicates that 56 percent of the public believe that international leaders respect Obama. While that's down 16 points from a year ago, Obama scores higher than his predecessors.

"President Obama does fare better on that question than Bill Clinton did in 1994 or George W. Bush did after the start of the war in Iraq," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The 56 percent he gets on that question now is down significantly from 72 percent who felt that way last March, when Obama was still in his 'honeymoon' phase and his poll results on virtually every question were in the political stratosphere."

Full results (pdf)

The president on Tuesday is hosting the second day of a two-day summit of 47 nations focusing on how to better safeguard nuclear weapons materials, both old and new, and keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

The survey also indicates that 45 percent say that Obama pays the right amount of attention to the views of foreign leaders; three in ten say the president pays too much attention and one in five say he pays too little attention.

In addition, the poll shows that 51 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, and that 47 percent disapprove. The 51 percent approval rating is unchanged from late March and up five points from mid-March.

The survey indicates a gender gap: 56 percent of women approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, compared to 47 percent among male respondents. There is also a generational divide, with 62 percent of people under 40 giving the president a thumb's up. His approval rating among those 40 and older drops to 46 percent. Finally, there is also an income split: 58 percent of those making less than $50,000 a year approve of Obama's job performance, and 48 percent of those making $50,000 or more approve of his performance.

Obama's approval rating in the latest CNN poll is higher than in some other recent polls by other organizations.

"One possible explanation is that Obama's best groups - particularly women, younger people, and lower-income Americans - may be reticent about sharing their views on Obama now; how polling organizations handle those respondents typically affects Obama's overall numbers," adds Holland. "CNN's poll has just two percent who don't have a view about the president. Other national polls taken in April have had anywhere between 7 percent and 15 percent in the 'don't know' category. The higher 'don't know' response might be an indication that Obama's support among these groups is understated in those polls."

The CNN poll was conducted April 9-11, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. balls mcghee

    this is dumb. whay are we americans asked if world leaders like Obama? How the heck would we know what they are thinking? Why dont you just directly ask the world leaders themselves? Polls can be so ridiculous.

    April 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Dutch

    It's good to have a POTUS that's respected unlike #43. I haven't seen a shoe thrown at #44.

    April 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Debby

    Well why isn't he their President then.

    April 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Angie in PA

    Thats because we have a rational intelligent man that can think and be diplomatic! unlike the former president you know he was the decider his way or the highway!

    April 13, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa.

    This just as he snubbed Israel. And has France's Sarkosy and other European leaders looking down on him. Publishing a favorable poll on what some disillusioned Americans think foreign leaders think about Obama is a joke. You want to rate apples, then compare them to other apples.

    April 13, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. polls smolls

    It really doesn't matter what we think. The guy has a Nobel Peace Prize, awarded by the international community. He signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. At the beginning of his international summit on nuclear security, the President of Ukraine announced he would turn over all nuclear material. It doesn't matter one iota what some factory worker with a high school diploma thinks the rest of the world thinks of our President. Seriously, what a stupid poll!

    April 13, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Mark

    Respected but ignored.

    April 13, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice.

    Las week, in a gathering that included Latino and Caucasian children between the ages of 5 – 10, I asked a group of them that were playing together if they knew the name of the president of the United States. Almost in unison they responded with a variation of 'Obama!' and 'Barack Obama!'.

    God bless the children. It used to be not too long ago that middle school kids were hard pressed to tell you who the current president was.

    The hope of this country lies with it's youth, and the retrospective sight of the very old.

    April 13, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. seebofubar

    It doesn't matter what Americans think. Ask people in other countries, they're laughing their butts off at us. He's an arrogant goof and they all know it.

    April 13, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Americans are gullible. The truth is that some respect him, and others do not. Perhaps he is not any more or less respected than the avg. US President.

    April 13, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Of course he is. He is not arrogant, he is an intelligent, well informed leader. Who cares not only for the great U.S.A. but also for our fellow neighbors worldwide!

    April 13, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Briana the college student

    of course he is.

    April 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wish that he were shown the same respect here at home, that is typically extended to all our presidents. God knows that he's deserving of it.

    Go forth Mr. President. Continue to do what you 'know in your heart to be right'. God, sir, is most definitely guiding and protecting your steps.

    April 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Joe

    Yes, Obama will bow to everyone, whether they are communists, terrorists, past and present US adversaries. By contrast, he treats our allies and friends very badly.

    April 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    It does not take a POLL to realize that President Obama is respected by the WORLD!!!!! All of the HATE is in America because some have not grown up yet and want to hold on to Confederacy, Founding Fathers and Bigotry!!!

    April 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Stacie

    Medvedev implied that W wasn't "a thinker". ha ha ha ha ha

    April 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. SocialismBad

    Of course they love Owhimpo!! He bows to them every chance he gets and unilaterally disarms! He's the new Neville Chamberlain...

    April 13, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    It's wonderful to have a president who doesn't make a fool of himself and this country on the world stage. i can't count the number of times bush acted like a total idiot on trips to other countries. so glad Obama is undoing the damage to our reputation around the world. people who love this country should be proud we now have a leader who so ably represents us. of course, the haters are going to find a way to knock him for this.

    April 13, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Michael from Ventura

    This is one of the major CHANGEs we had hoped for. Diplomacy and respect has returned after being tainted by gwb.

    April 13, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    He's been running for president of the world ever since becoming our president.Too bad he can't spend a little more time trying to fix our economy rather than trying to please every world leader.

    April 13, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. rob

    Well, I feel better now that the DNCNN poll says we Americans think Obama is respected around the world. All we need to do is make sure people like us so the world will be a better place.

    Kum Ba Ya everybody.

    April 13, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Obama the Liar

    Do you notice that Obama bows to other world leaders and then demands that all Americans bow to him, for he is the chosen one?

    April 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. KCinLV

    Obama scorns our allies and coddles our enemies. I don't know where you get these high approval ratings. Latest I saw, he was down to 43% approval and going down all the time. Instead of caving in to these people and apologizing for America, he should be defending America for all the good it has done for this world.

    If George W. Bush would have pulled what Obama has pulled this past year, there would have been screams for his impeachment. Obama is a lousy leader and making everything in this country worse. This past year he had the chance to make this country get back to work, but he had to push his own agenda on this healthcare (that we didn't want, and which will bankrupt us and now we will have to fight to get rid of or fix). Unemployment is high and seems to be getting worse. I don't think the Dems care. But they will hear us in November at the ballot box because they sure didn't listen to us this past year. Your votes do have consequences.

    April 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    Everybody loves a fool...

    April 13, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Yasmine

    President Obama you have my respect for working so hard for the American people .. especially in the face of so much opposition and RACISM..

    April 13, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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