June 13th, 2012
12:05 AM ET

Poll: Obama policies weaken support for America

By Jill Dougherty

On the streets of Cairo, some Egyptians tell CNN they had high hopes when Barack Obama became U.S. president. Now there's bitter disappointment.

"We hoped for change after George Bush," one man says, "but, sorry, it's the same politics. It's not Obama's system per se, it's the system of the country."

That Egyptian's view mirrors the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center. The Global Attitudes Project questioned more than 26,000 people in 21 countries.

Among America's traditional allies, like Europe and Japan, President Obama has largely repaired America's image tarnished in the Bush years, the survey found. But the Pew Research Center's data shows that Obama's policies are hurting him.

Take the use of drones. In 17 of the 21 countries surveyed, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremists in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. That contrasts sharply with the opinion of 62% of Americans, who approve of the drone campaign.

"Global approval of President Barack Obama's policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence," according to the Pew report.

One major finding, according to Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, is that leadership affects overall image.

"Opinions about the president really shape opinions about the country. When President Bush was unpopular, the United States was largely unpopular," he said. "President Obama is largely popular, albeit not quite as popular as he was in 2009, and the United States is more popular than it was. So, the face, the leadership, matters to the world."

Opinion: World views of U.S.: Romney, Obama both right. And both wrong

In Europe there has been a dramatic turnaround in how European countries like Germany and allies like Japan view the United States.

In 2008, under President George W. Bush, 31% of Germans had a favorable view of the United States. In 2012, under President Obama, 52% do. In Japan, in 2008, 50% had a positive view of America. Now, 72% do.

But in many Muslim countries Obama's policies have damaged views of the United States. In Pakistan, favorable views slipped from 19% in 2008 to 12% in 2012. In Egypt, favorable views decreased from 22% to 19%.

The biggest concern worldwide about America, according to the survey, still is that it acts without concern for the interests of other countries. But despite disappointment with Obama's policies, there is considerable support for his re-election, in Europe and in some Latin American countries like Brazil.

In France, 92% of those questioned think Obama should get another term. In Germany, 89% agree and in Brazil, 72% think he should be re-elected. In Mexico, however, 35% think he deserves another term and 43% oppose another term.

"Most of the publics in allied nations think he should be re-elected, and by large numbers," Kohut said. "If he had those numbers in the United States he could do really well!"

But in some Middle Eastern countries, it's the reverse. In Egypt, 76% don't want him to have another term and in Jordan, it is 73%.

Another finding in the survey: Even America's friends in Europe think China, not the United States, is the world's top economy.

As one man on the streets of London said: "If China sneezes, I think the rest of the world gets a cold."

But the Chinese themselves aren't so sure. Only 29% of Chinese in the Pew Survey said China is the world's leading economic power. Almost half said it is the United States.

soundoff (548 Responses)
  1. Eralath

    Sri Lanka is definitely no sncoed string team in this Zim Tri Series .They are a very good mix of young cricketers with most of them, except just a few may be, who lack more exposure .Having lost to India fairly & squarley this is no excuse !! (0)

    October 11, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • Rick Reid

      Please, give me a break. If that's the case why didn't George Bush get Osama Bin Laden? He had plenty of chances. AS far as Egypt's concerned, aren't they rid of the dictator they had? Why is this all coming up at election time? By running these types of stories at this time not only is a attack towards Obama, it's towards our whole country. Mitt Romney should keep his mouth shut when it comes to these types of things also.

      October 11, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
  2. nagrom

    They only have to look as far as Congress to find out where the real gangstas are.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  3. You Don't Say?

    Does that now mean his Nobel Peace Prize will be revoked?

    June 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  4. CitizenAJ

    Well, as President of the United States, I would not be trying to win popularity with occupants of foreign lands. I would be trying to represent the majority of the country I am governing. So, who cares if middle easterners do not like the President. How about, we don't like the middle east because they turn a blind eye to terrorist and terrorist groups. You don't have to blow up innocent people to make a political statement. Marting Luther King did not advocate it and neither did Ghandi. People stop listening when you are violent, and, you create in them the same feelings – VIOLENCE! Get it middle east?

    June 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      "You don't have to blow up innocent people to make a political statement." I agree. Could you share that with the US Air Force before it bombs another wedding party or funeral in Pakistan or Afghanistan?

      June 15, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
      • SeeBee

        The U.S. military is not making a political statement when it targets terrorist leaders, it is taking military action. Not trying to gain sympathy or support, but trying to eliminate someone who is trying to kill Americans.

        This is only one of the differences between terrorism and military action.

        "Bombing wedding parties and funerals"? Oh, please.

        Blame the terrorist who hides behind women and children or who launches attacks from within civilian communities.

        June 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  5. context...bush was unpopular ..why? because he told europe the truth, which they didnt like

    and that is? muslim extremism needs to be fought...the axis of evil or iraq, syria, iran, russia, north korea, all need to be confronted. wars need to be multinational and europe either needed to get with the program to effect peace in the world, OR, get out of the way. Europe was largely using anti american sentiment in a populist way to stir support for their own domestic politics regardless of security issues that they knew existed and for which bush was calling them on the mat about.... it doesnt mean george wasnt right...it simply meant that europe was already compromised by their own immigrant muslim populations. and now? obama losing popularity in the middle east because? because he has not yet thrown israel under the bus.....(give him time)....in europe he's popular becasuse what? because he's a socialist ...

    god the world is messed up....

    June 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Joe L

      I agree. Obama brought damned little leadership and ZERO foreign-policy experience to the Presidency.

      June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    There is no doubt that overall internationally America is more favorably viewed than under Bush.
    When drone attacks are effective against an enemy and you ask if they like it,,,, what answer do you expect. It is a nonsense question to ask of nations who indirectly are supporting the Taliban and Al qaeda.
    Pakistan may say they do not but when Bin Laden was there for 5 years and Multiple Taliban attacks and Pashtun aggression takes place in terror format in Pakistan. It has little bearing on Obama's overall geopolitical assessment it's a too Bias oriented question.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  7. Premal D.Shah

    Jon Boehner and his republican party need to know they have put party politics first and the welfare of United States second by tying up Obama's hands due to their majority. The former will see in the coming elections how their strategy has misfired. The American nation is suffering and Jon Boehner sits on his stool and wipes his tears every few minutes. what is he weeping for. While he fakes his tears, half of US citizens have no health coverage You will incur the wrath of the American nation and fry in hell Boehner!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • CitizenAJ

      That was pretty strong there Premal. Take it down a little bit. Don't become an a@# because of one. He knows that his party has not helped this nation the last 3 years. For a man who gets emotional, he sure forgets that compassion when it comes to representing the ENTIRE nation.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  8. pete

    gay 0bama the anti-Christ and gay Bush the False Prophet.

    Times up gay 0bama July 2012..

    "The Beast"-->gay 0bama....

    "Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast [see Emperor], and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain." (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    42 months-->Times up in July 2012

    June 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      Revealing that Obama's stock with Muslim countries is way down, while his stock with Democratic nations remains pretty high.

      So much for Obama being a "Muslim secret agent" or some such other nonsense.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • mark273

      As a Christian I am embarrassed by nonsense like this. This is not what the Bible says and finds no support at all from the Bible or Evangelical Christian theology.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • nagrom

      OH Paaahhhhllleeeaaase you Shakespearean prophet who obviously makes the beast with two backs. Begone and tear out your eyes while you are at it too!.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  9. When the Cows Come Home

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination.
    “Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored,” she told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Kashmir — a case for freedom”.
    Under the Indian military rule in Kashmir, Ms Roy said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. Elections were rigged and the press controlled.
    She said the lives of Kashmiris were made miserable by gun-totting security personnel who harassed and terrorised people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred……
    The apathy towards Kashmir, especially in the western world, Ms Roy said, was because of their pursuit of commercial interests in India where they were more eager to “sell their goods than human rights”……..

    June 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • nagrom

      Kinda like the Buddhist monks in China or the refugees in Somalia or... Need I go on? Suppression is happening all over the world. Do we focus on only one faction and forget about others? Evil exists world wide and is slowly seeping in to the US under the guise of Christianity. It is no longer love thy neighbor as thyself it is now love thy neighbor only if he/she are a radically righteous Christian bigot.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  10. BriSoFla

    4 MORE YEARS!
    4 MORE YEARS!
    4 MORE YEARS!
    4 MORE YEARS!
    4 MORE YEARS!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  11. BriSoFla

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  12. Najoonsoo

    They should have also asked the folks who have less than favorable views of the US if they would like to immigrate to the US and become US citizens. I would bet that 90%+ would say yes.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  13. Jill

    CNN says "on the streets of Cairo some Egyptians say..." Come on CNN! This is worthless reporting.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  14. JustSomeGuy

    Our selection process for Presidential Candidates is wrong. Both parties are wrong. Both the Parties, and the Candidates do things only to get attention. They want the spotlight. Well, they have it, and the partisan split is running the country into the ground. We will never have a good President because the people best qualified are too upstanding morally to run. They don't want to be involved in the mud-slinging crap that goes on. They try and run on honest policies, and they lose. Why? Because voters get bogged down in accusations, and the candidate that is best at manipulation wins.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Cute but your analysis of the problem is way off. Blaming the quality of the candidates shows lack of thought on your part. The candidates are the SYMPTOM. What's the problem? They're doing exactly what the voters want them to do – vehemently oppose each other at the expense of the country. Why would the voters want that? Because they're being manipulated by huge $$$$$$ ad campaigns on TV. Who funds these campaigns and why is it legal to spread massive propaganda? There, you're getting close to an answer. Think harder.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  15. sunlight99

    Actually, I think this is a great poll... If the French want Obama they can have him. I am sure he would love to be King (reestablish the monarchy) and Michelle would be in heaven as the new Marie Antoinette. It would work out for everyone.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • ktrav

      You can have Pakistan and Jordan and the other religiously run right-wing countries and we Obama supporters will take the industrialized, free and open society countries support.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  16. WHAT A BUNCH OF BS!!!

    The views of America and its leaders are framed by our MEDIA. The world sees us through how our media protrays us (USA) and since we have a liberal media you will find the correlation to how we are protrayed around the world do to certain policies.....What a piece of Crappppppp......of an article................

    June 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  17. jimmy079

    Why do we care what the other countries think. Our policies are for our country, not the rest of the world. Should we poll Iran? Russia?

    June 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      If you're smart you better care. The US is not the worlds only power anymore. TO get what we want, we need to use diplomacy now more than ever. We can't simply send our military into china and europe and hold them at gunpoint. We know this. Well.. simpletons like you don't know this. "Soft power" is becoming far more important than big guns. Do you care what your coworkers think about you? your family? your friends? If you want to get anywhere in life, you better care. Same thing goes with nations.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  18. Lily_Texas

    Romney for POTUS !!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      Ditto!
      ✯≈✭≈✬≈✮≈✰ ℝ𝕆𝕄ℕ𝔼𝕐 𝟚𝟘𝟙𝟚 ✫≈✩≈✯≈★≈☆

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  19. Jon

    What's strange to me is the poll numbers in Egypt. You'd figure that helping to push out Mubarak would have been a popular move around there.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Tod

      But that's the problem, we didn't help oust Mubarak. We sat on our hands safely past the sidelines doing NOTHING to support budding democracy in Egypt. It was a huge waste of an opportunity. Unfortunately, historically, the US supported Mubarak and sat back staying silent as his country threw him out. Sad.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Objectively Moderate

        Tod, you are completely wrong. Mubarek is out because we didn't support him. By not involving ourselves, we allowed the Egypt to decide for itself. We are not and should not be the policeman of the world.

        June 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Objectively Moderate

      Jon, that is exactly what I thought. No matter what we do in that area of the world, they hate us.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • Tod

        Well then I guess we should take credit for every bit of progress in the world where we didn't support its opposition. That doesn't sound arrogant to you?

        June 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  20. Horrible

    26,000 people in 21 countries?!?! A little more than 1000 people per country to give statistical information on a complex subject? That is a horrendous practice! It is this type of information that people in our society thrive on. Highly inflammatory backed up by little evidence. How is anyone supposed to be well informed when this is the type of information that is passed along?

    June 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  21. ObammySucks

    Obummeritis is far reaching

    June 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      As much as I hope for a true progressive alternative to Obama, certainly none of the Republicans are it. Both Obama and Romney are centrist corporists, neither are there for us.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Lily_Texas

      time to vote the loser out in Nov

      June 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • nagrom

        Yeah Elect Romney who defines our enemy as Russia and wants to bomb Iran. Your head is right where the sun don't shine honey.

        June 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  22. AlCourts

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  23. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • madcow11

      Why anyone would even consider voting Republican after the mess of the Bush years and the paralyzing of Congress by the righ-wingers is astonishing. Actually, it is downright pathetic.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • bob

        I think your mad cow disease has attacked your brain.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

        Republicans are traitors for putting politics before the nation. John Boehner has made some attempts to work with the President, but the right wingers in Congress would rather run the country into the ground than try and find common ground on some issues or compromise for the good of the country.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Jon

      Obama's been President for four years. Doesn't make him "the devil we know" by default?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • Reggie from LA

        No. No it doesn't imply that at all. What it means is that he has to battle daily with a machine that basically VOWED to make him look as bad as possible so as not to make him reelectable. Sad part is, the GOP has convinced enough folks (above the 50% that were going to disagree no matter what) that Obama is an evil anchor on America. They've done this for almost 4 years, and have come up with nothing good for our citizens. I see there are plenty ignorant Egytians too.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • nagrom

      Yeah elect Romney. A real dracula who will suck the last remaining drops of blood out of the middle class and initiate euthanasia for all people over 65 by destroying Social Security and Medicaid. Pompous ass.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  24. Marc

    Of course, the media being Obama's lap dog as opposed to the hatred they opening showed Bush has NOTHING to do with this!!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Of course, being a brainwashed Republican lapdog, you can't even view the results of an international poll without crying out "the liberal media" Pitiful. Go watch FOX news if you can't handle the truth. They will cater to your delusions

      June 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • Dano

        Hey Mark, many people in foreign countries think that Bush orchestrated 9/11. Many people in foreign countries think that Bush lied us into the Iraq War, even though the Dems thought that Iraq had WMDs and we actually did find Yellowcake in Iraq (Source: MSNBC, 2008, "Secret US mission hauls Yellowcake from Iraq). Many people in foreign countries think that Bush is a war criminal even though he got full approval from the Dems for Iraq and Afghanistan. Now please explain to me why these people would think this if there is no "liberal bias"?

        June 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  25. blake

    The loss of support that Obama has internationally is nothing compared to what he has lost at home. Millions of folks who naively voted for Obama in 2008 see the man for what he really is today - an anti-capitalist Marxist, responsible for massive deficits, aloof, lacking transparency, blaming others and refusing to accept responsibility, and incompetent. So much for "hope and change".

    June 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Joe Clark

      Stock market up 60%. Corporate profits at record levels. Worker productivity higher then ever. Taxes at an all-time low per capita. Anti-capitalist Marxist?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        People like blake throw words out to attack but really have no idea what they are talking about. Standard practice for Republican voters.

        June 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Bnutty

        Can you please cite your sources for your claims?

        June 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Jeff

      You dont read very well do you...the loss of support is basically countries that didn't like us already. Everyone else has increased.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • madcow11

      Poor blake doesn't even know what a Marxist is yet. Blake, please finish high-school before you come here and comment. Good luck in your studies!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      Yes, yes... An anti-Capitalist Marxist who forced through a bill that makes people buy medical plans... From privately-run, for-profit insurance companies. Which was originally a Republican idea.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Pam

      The loss of support is due to Congress and the GOP party's refusal to accomplish anything over the last 4 years!

      Obama 2012 !!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      Amazing ... anti-captailist and marxist? Wrong. His cabinet is full of Wall Street types, he didn't split up the too-big-to-fail banks (like he should have ), Geithner, Summers, Bernacke.... all staunch captailsts. I wish he was just a little bit anti-captailist, we might have gotten needed reform!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Marxist? Are you stupid or just crazy? Do you even know what that word means. Can you point to a single policy that Obama has implemented that would be Marxist? Claiming such stupid things makes you sound like an idiot, and makes ALL REPUBLICANS sound equally stupid. Is this what you really believe? Is this the extent of your thought process? A simpleton label for simpleton minds? You're pathetic.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  26. Al

    Of course the world likes Obama. Everything he does weakens the US. He is the worst President ever. You ding dongs needs to wake up and uderstand the rest of the world continues to be jealous of what we have. Re-electing him just plays into what the world wants – a weak America. China will show its true colors soon and when it does, the "World" will be begging the US to intervene. Just as in the past, we always wipe their noses, spill our blood and then give it all back to them.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • madcow11

      That comment was very poorly thought-out, Al. Watching too much RT (Russia Today) television, I suspect.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • geronimo

        madcow are you still on the short bus?

        June 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  27. axby

    Obama had enormous success against terrorists: Osama bin Laden, al-Libi, Awlaki, and many other Pakistani terrorists. Obviously, the muslim countries would hate him for killing terrorists. And the non-muslim countries would love him for the same reason.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • T

      Well, that's a bit of a generalization. I wonder how you would feel if an unmanned drone dropped a bomb on your neighbor's house, killing the serial killer that lived there and also the two people that were visiting. Maybe the shrapnel came over your fence and killed your dog.

      That's great that they got the serial killer, but I'm guessing you might be less than pleased with how the means that 'they' used to get to the ends.

      while I agree with our use of drones, I completely understand why that would make muslim countries on edge – they're the ones whose neighbors houses are getting targetted. To say that they don't like it because they like terrorists is just stupid.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
      • nagrom

        Well if it wasn't for radical Muslims and 9/11 we probably wouldn't even be in the Middle East right now. They drop planes on tall buildings. To hell with the drones? Live by the sword Die by the sword. What about those neighbors' back yards? Did you raise a rallying cry for them too? Or were the terrorists justified in their actions? Using drones has dramatically reduced the loss of American soldiers lives. If they want to harbor terrorists then they should have to pay the price. They have no shame in taking our monetary handouts and then thumb their noses at us.

        June 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  28. Big_D

    Obama isn't big with terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. GO FIG! The terrorists liked Bush because they knew he was too incompetent to be a threat. Bush didn't even attack the right country.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  29. joe

    Who care what other countries think about drone attacks? Everything we do gets someone's nose out of joint somewhere. They get the job done, keep our troops out of harm's way and cost a lot less than military operations. I think they're a brilliant strategy and I applaud Obama for going that route.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  30. avalanche

    Being liked by other countries is not what is important. Everyone likes Sweden because they do not get involved or take sides on anything. Even during WW2 when their neighbors were being invaded they stayed neutral and provided Hi tler with steel.

    What is important is that they respect your power and your values. We had the respect of most countries for decades. During Bush's term the Iraq war and his torture chambers lost much of the respect for our values. During Obama's administration we have continued to lose respect on the values side and his naivete and inexperienced have cost us respect of our power.

    We have toyed with having two children and president. Both were unqualified with little experience to justify them being president. It is time to elect an adult.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Star Carlton

      I would say that other countries opinion of the U.S went down – was when the U.S attacked Iraq with no credible evidence. It made it look like the U.S will lash out at any country they "think" has wmd's.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • word junkie

      and it's time you learn proper grammer and how to spell

      June 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • michaelw777

        If you're going to correct someone's spelling and GRAMMAR – you ought to learn how to yourself.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  31. PIJoe

    Absolutely hilarious! All this hate directed at the guy who won the Noble Peace Prize for "talking Peace" in 2008. Still popular with Euro-elite socialists handing out the prize, but those being attacked in the Muslim world now hate Obama more than his supposedly war mongering predecessor.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Nobel800

      I wouldn't put too much stock on who is considered for, or wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Joseph Stalin (killed 10s of million of his own people) was nominated in 1945 and 1948; even Hitler was nominated in 1939.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • PIJoe

        I don't and agree 100%. Well said.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  32. Mark

    If they don't like us using technology to combat terrorism and save
    soldier's lives, let them put up their own for the fight. Or shut up.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • card51short

      If drones were attacking my city every day – you would be a "terrorist" too

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Jill

      Right on!

      June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  33. VET

    LOOK AT MOST OF THE ARTICLES,YOU MIGHT EVEN READ THEM. YOU MIGHT EVEN LIKE TO HAVE AN OPIINION ON
    WHAT SOME SAY-MOST OF THESE COMMENTS ARE WITHOUT FORETHOUGHT ON THOSE FOLKS,THE BAD
    ONES WHO SAY THEY LOOK TO US IN A FAVORABLE WAY. DON'T KID YOURSELVES. THOSE ARE THE SAME THAT
    SEE US AS WEAK. THEY ARE EMBOLDEN BY THESE THOUGHTS AND TAKE US FOR FOOLS. HISTORY SHOWS
    US ,TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT A WEAK AMERICA,ONE THAT DOES NOT PREPARE WILL BE A TARGET THAT
    THEY WILL RELISH.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  34. Joan

    This headline is so misleading that it makes you question the motive behind the person writing it. Since many people only read the headlines and gullible people may even believe them, obviously this is a joy for the right to pounce on and post it all over the place saying that Pres. Obama has made the US more unpopular. The real headline should have been "Majority of World Overwhemingly Wants Pres. Obama Re-elected". Or it could have been, "Pres. Obama's Policies Not Popular in Some Muslim Nations". To publish this headlines lessens the credibility of CNN. People want the truth, plain and simple. Keep the partisanship and sensationalism out of it and I bet the ratings would rise. People want to respect, trust and believe the commentators or will go elsewhere for reliable coverage.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • dbrock

      Yes, CNN should really do more to push their liberal agenda. They just aren't doing enough. LOL!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      Finally, someone with some common sense speaks the truth!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  35. Controlled Insanity

    Who cares what other countries citizens think about us? Our government shouldn't be working to appease them. It should be working for US.
    This is almost as good as the one I read where they said Racism didn't win obama the last election, but that Racism could cost him the one coming up.. Dang sheep!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • The other race

      Why do i sense that Obama campaign strategy will use the race card,somewhere and sometime during this election ?? enough already people..geez, i voted for him, and he did not do a damn thing,but give away money,raise taxes ,spend , borrow,and play golf...all througout his adm,- all he does is to play gotcha with the republicans...all he does is blame and divide this country...never did he cameout with his own budget....his policies have killed many business and discourage many more from ever investing in america, and he can tax the rich as much as he wants, and he can anger the conservatives and get the gays, the woman to scream ,yelll and vote for him,but we all know that we voted him in,because he is black..nothing else but that...and that is enough !!! there are other people that build this country too you know...and it is not BLACK or WHITE...

      June 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  36. Billy Joe Jim Bob (just call me Bubba)

    If the Muslims and Mexicans don't like us then Obama must be doing something right.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  37. The Truth

    The French just elected a Socialist leader. Of course they like obaMao. ABO 2012

    June 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  38. EdL

    Do not understand this. Don't other countries realize Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize award?

    June 13, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Nobel800

      I wouldn't base much stock on who is considered for or wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Joseph Stalin (killed 10s of million of his own people) was nominated in 1945 and 1948; even Hitler was nominated in 1939.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  39. NorCalMojo

    We're not running for prom queen. The only question that matters is whether his policies have benefited the American people. Let the French politicians worry about who the French like or don't like this week, our politicians should serve our people.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • EdL

      Our politicians are primarily interested and dedicated to their re-election, there is not a whole lot of effort remaining to do anything else, other than to vote as their staff and/or lobbyists tells them to vote being they normally do not know what they are voting for or agaianst.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  40. CNN IS TOO PRO OBAMA

    Go to the BBC website if you want an unspun version of this poll. It's not American the world is sick of, it's Obama.
    P.S. CNN will likely "moderate" this post which they do for every one that has the word, "Obama" in.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • mctampa

      why don't you tell the truth, its the muslim world that does not like him because of his pursuit of bin laden and the other terriost groups...so who cares. The countries that matter do support his policies. That is what the poll really says.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Matt

      I completely believe the media is saying this race is closer than it really is – I dont believe anything fux newz says, but i also dont think its 48~48% or whatever they are currently showing it as – its an emporer's New clothes thing with the meida where they say Obama is the guy, when he is really way behind – i think its going to be romney easy this fall. Even obama supporters cant talk themselves into more of this guy – Steve Jobs said Obama was going to be a one term president – he said Obama talks too much on why things are too hard to do rather than actually trying to make changes – thast is spot on with the Obama people blaiming bush, congress, and anyone else they can point at -

      June 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  41. semperfi

    I am just glad to see that many of you are waking up to the fact that the guy in the white house sucks. Maybe, the rest of you morons on the CNN psychedelic Obama trip can wake up and vote this turd out of office. I am not optimistic of this option, because once you get that goverment cheese, its hard to put down.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • thatsright

      hell yeah!

      June 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Incrediboy

      Dang.....Marine! Can't believe you're one of those right wing nuts.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Darin

      I would love to see Obama voted out – but he is once again the lesser of two evils. You can't put a Romney up there as the alternative and expect Obama to get voted out. The entire field of republican challengers was like a bad joke this cycle.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • DRJ

        that's not true John Huntsman was a good candadate, he just lacked the the over the top superPAC's to back him.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • mike58

      Right On Marine

      June 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  42. Detada

    The President should campaign on his low favorability in Muslim countries, because it has evolved into some very good results. If you do not agree, ask bin Laden how he feels about the issue.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • mctampa

      Agree 100%

      June 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
      • James

        Ditto

        June 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  43. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/profits-and-losses/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  44. Ken

    I think the overwhelming support in other nations for us to re-elect Obama is all the proof you need to vote for Romney. They want Obama in the office as they see him as softer than the Republican candidate, more willing to give and do things they want as opposed to what's best for US citizens. When the rest of the the world can see that Obama doesn't consider the best interest of US citizens in all his decisions so he's their choice, why can't the yahoo's in the streets of the US see the same thing. A vote for Obama is a vote to sell out your country.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Jakey

      Really? Look at how it breaks down – our allies like the U.S. more, Muslim countries and Mexico like us less. Makes sense, considering that under Obama deportations have increased and the drone program has showed no signs of stopping. Isn't this all stuff that conservatives like?

      June 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Incrediboy

      Narrow vision seems to be your ally....Ken. Do you still remember who got us into this mess??? Huh??
      Support the people.....not the control-happy wealthy sector.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
  45. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/guaranteed/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  46. MikeMazzla

    The Headline Should Read: US allies approval of the US improves under Obama and lessens under enemies an Muslim countries, Republicans thrilled. Isnt that what they want??

    June 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Jakey

      I know, right? I'm surprised to see conservative commenters here acting like this is a sign that the president is "soft" and kowtows to all of those countries Republicans love to hate. That's pretty much the opposite of what the data indicates.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  47. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/look-into-your-heart/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  48. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/killin/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  49. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/a-naming-of-parts/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  50. MikeMazzla

    The results of this poll should actually make the Conservatives happy...but of course they will try to spin it other ways. Our Allies think better of us.. which is a very good thing.. and our enemies or Muslim countries either have no opinion change or dont like us. I think overall this is what we all want, including conservatives. Try explaining that one... Or do you want our allies to hate us like they did previously?

    June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  51. iconoclast1

    Opinions of the U.S. rose sharply when Obama was elected and are still substantially higher than they were under Bush and yet they decided to go with the headline "Obama policies weaken support for America." Fascinating.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • MikeMazzla

      Totally a Fd up headline... people should be happy for the most part with poll results especially Conservatives

      June 13, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Jakey

      Yep, definitely trolling for people to click on the link.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  52. NorCalMojo

    They hate us in the middle east and nothing we can do will change that. It's like Jews trying to please nazis and expecting them to start liking Jews for it. It's not going to happen. Their hatred is too deeply ingrained in the culture. They pretended to like us for a few months because it suited their agenda. It was childish to believe anything else.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • virologist

      Obama's policies regarding Islam and the Middle East aren't very different from that of Bush. We keep trying the same failed policies and hoping for a different result. I don't know if there is anything we could do that would cause them to like us, but we aren't trying either.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  53. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/fool-me-twice/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  54. Captain Obvious

    When you look at the actual poll, support for America has increased under Obama in most of the world. And is slightly worse in Muslim countries. So the headline, "Obama policies weaken support for America" is not very accurate.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Rick Reid

      I absolutely agree with you Captian Obvious!!!! We were at an all time low with the world under Bush, how come no one ever mentions that!!! I'm really tired of the GOP and the press. The press seems to want to create controversy and tear down who ever the President is at the time. And the GOP, well....it just seems the ignorant have taken over that party!!!!

      June 13, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  55. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-ones-who-attacked-us/

    June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      Really? Self-promotion? Incapable of simply posting a short comment? Because that's definitely not a source of valid information for a citation....

      June 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  56. iconoclast1

    Interesting headline. The opinion of the U.S. has risen sharply since Obama was elected and they went with "Obama policies weaken support for America." Interesting.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  57. Catzie53

    nolimits3333-“Obama has kept America safe. Thank you, President Obama.”
    Yes, thanks to all the Bush policies. Oh, that’s right, if things go good for obama, it’s praises for obama, if it goes bad, it’s Bush’s fault. Can you now see how it works with obama and thugs!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • MikeMazzla

      The Repukes act the same way dude please get a clue

      June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • Catzie53

        That's dudette, thank you! And in my 40+yrs of voting, I have NOT seen a president 'gloat' as much as obama has! He's a one term president, he stated that himself, or is that another obama lie?

        June 13, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • gemini

        but democ-RATS is the worst

        June 13, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Incrediboy

      Breathe..........you'll feel better.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  58. davecu

    "In France, 92% of those questioned think Obama should get another term."

    Enough said. The bum is not good for out country. When the French approve it doe not bode well for us.

    Once the world used to respect us and fear us. Our word was our bond. Now they don't respect us, few fear us, and our word means nothing. Barry didn't cause this but he certainly wins the Nobel Weasel Prize by talking out of both faces.
    He's a great orator but a sub-standard leader.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • card51short

      his policies haven't changed at all from Bush.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • MikeMazzla

      Such an ignorant statement about France...

      June 13, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  59. JoANee

    Its like taking a poll among Nazis and Asking them how they view Hitler being Whipped by united states in WW-2

    June 13, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • card51short

      Were the Nazis the ones invading other countries with top technology or the ones with no resources hiding out in the desert?

      June 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  60. bobincal

    If Egyptians don't like us, send back the $1 billion we send you every year..we could use it to buy more drones!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • card51short

      Or we can just stop spending billions on killing people overseas and funding other countries.

      Crazy talk right? Continue the same policies, Rebloodlicans and Democrips!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • davecu

        Would that we could vote "None of the Above" in November.

        That would be the truest response.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  61. Kweso

    When Obama took office, he traveled to Egypt and gave a speech in which he tried to reachout to Muslims across the globe, especially those in the middle east. Since then, not one group has embraced the President's invitation of collaboration and cooperation to resolve the problems of Islamic militancy against America. So from where I sit, the ball is in their court, not the president's.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • card51short

      Yeah...every single day America is decimated by these Islamic militants. Every single day for the last 11 years of the war have been hell for us. There are suicide attacks....Americans can't even go outside without fear of INSTANT DEATH.

      Oh wait...none of that is true...there is no threat from guys running around in the desert with AK-47's. Our country is falling apart and we're in the Middle East dropping bombs on people for no reason whatsoever. You're totally brainwashed.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  62. termlimits

    If they don't like our policies then we MUST be on the right track!!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • card51short

      Then don't be mad when China starts sending drones to patrol our streets. Remember, you were FOR countries using their might and force on other countries to impose policy.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  63. wilnel1984

    I totally agree, especially with Pakistan. Yeah, let's get on our knees and beg for Pakistan's approval. You know, the country who protected Osama Bin Laden.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • card51short

      You believe fairy tales? They found bin laden but they threw him overboard before anyone go to see him.

      If someone on the street told you that fairy tale you would laugh in his face. But since you love your government so much, you just trust them blindly. Only OTHER governments are bad, right? YOUR government loves you!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • drod

        Is that what you read on Faux-Noise?

        The “Fox/Newsmax Effect” relies on these six steps to create national controversy in order to manipulate the viewer’s opinion.
        1. The first step of creating the “Fox/Newsmax Effect” is to have Conservative activists introduce a lie to the public.
        2. The next step Fox/Newsmax News devotes massive coverage to the story presented.
        3. From here Fox/Newsmax News goes on to attack other news outlets for not covering the story.
        4. Given that these outlets want to remain creditable, they too start reporting the story introduced by Conservative activists.
        5. Now that it seems that Fox/Newsmax News was first to the story they are praised by news critics and pundits for their media coverage on the topic.
        6. The last step, which is the conclusion to all of this, is that the story dies off after the damage has been done.
        “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
        SOURCE: Natzi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels

        June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • card51short

        I dont' have TV and have never watched Fox News before. Sorry, I dont' play into your left-right game. Both sides are controlled. You're being brainwashed to support attacking a mysterious shadow enemy created by our own CIA in the 70s.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Bleh64

        Yeah Drod, because there are no liberal media outlets like the Clinton News Network (CNN) or MSNBC and Chris Matthews or Obermann, or Rachel Maddow that sensationalize anything at all for a jab at republicans right? It goes both ways.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  64. Sue

    What is up with this completely distorted headline? The headline does NOT match the reality of the poll or the article.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • rstlne

      It's all about ratings with the news services nowadays. Facts and reason have little to do with anything.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  65. sherman

    Obama's policies have brought the worst out in Europe and I no longer think well of them. I think drones are for use in full scale all out war or not at all. But this is the opinion of Sherman the Bedouin.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  66. Richard

    Drones cost $173 million a piece – and, we have a fleet of them to go after cave-dwellers with sand in their underwear. What is wrong with this picture?

    June 13, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • card51short

      dont' worry – those drones are starting to be used against you – the real enemy of this government.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Rich

      What's wrong with that picture? Your view of the enemy, for starters. I know it makes you feel good to think of them in those terms, but that's not the reality.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Richard

      What is wrong with this picture is that we are spending a tremendously disproportionate amount of money to deal with a relatively insignificant threat. The only people benefitting from such an insane expenditure of money are the defense contractors who manufacture the drones..

      I do not feel threatened by Al Qaeda or the Taliban and anyone who does has my pity for being so gullible.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  67. ObamaJoe

    Poll,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,come on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,media controlled brain bleach washer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  68. gr0tt0

    What does the article really tell us? I see it as saying that our image has improved in Europe with our traditional allies since the last president. It makes no comparison with the previous president concerning the Middle East. What was our image there before Obama took office? Is it better or worse than that? Does it even matter? The fact that it is worse than when he first took office may be the result of his "immense" popularity at just not being Bush at the start. A personality thing that inevitably had to retreat over time like every other president we've ever had.

    Does America really change with changes in Presidents??? For all their rancor, I see the average Republican and the average Democrat as having essentially the same belief system. I suspect that overall the world looks at us the same way.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • card51short

      The two party system is a joke. The powers that be control both sides at the top. They aren't going to let anyone who is looking out for the interests of the little guy into office. Until revolution that is. But most Americans know more about The Simpsons and dancing with the stars than government or politics.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  69. nolimits3333

    Obama has kept America safe.

    Thank you, President Obama.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • ObamaJoe

      No problem,,,,,,,,,,:)

      June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • tpbco

      Yes, thankfully he continued the Bush43's plans.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • JoANee

        Ya Bush used Drones to SPy on Terrorists and tell pakistan where the terroists lived ... Obama cut out the middle man and did the dirty work himself....

        The Diff : OBL is dead under Obama... OBL was living in luxury under Bush!!

        June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • sane

        Uh....under Bush, we lost how many lives at the WTC and how many in Iraq? He kept us safe?

        June 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • drod

        The Bush43 "Plans" with the failed Bush-Republican experiment caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The American people do not want to see those "Plans" ever again.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Sam

        Bush43's plan was to let Bin Laden go in Tora Bora. After that, he said Bin Laden did not matter. Pumping oil from Iraq was the only thing which mattered to Bush43. Obama clearly did not follow the same plan at all.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
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      October 10, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
  70. MnTaxpayer

    Take the use of drones. In 17 of the 21 countries surveyed, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremists in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. That contrasts sharply with the opinion of 62% of Americans, who approve of the drone campaign.

    Lets change the poll. Take the use of suicide bombers. In the 17 of the 21 countries polled, how many disaprove of terrorist aattacks targeting civilians by extremists in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia? This would not conrast sharply with the number of Americans who also disaprove.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Tim

      Excellent comment.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  71. stevenbeto

    “It's not Obama's system per se; it's the system of the country."
    Although we focus upon the office of the president, the president in actuality has limited power over Congress, the Pentagon, and Corporate interests. Big changes cannot happen overnight. Even revolutions the size and scope of an Arab Spring often fail to produce the promised changes as quickly as we hope. Our greatest challenge in times of turmoil is the control of our passions.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • FLIndpendent

      If only more Americans would realize the limited power the President has. He is only one man and if he doesn't have cooperation from the majority of Congress then his hands are tied on most issued. It is a shame that we finally got a forward thinking President to bring us into the 21st Century but there are too many backward thinking people in this country to allow him to be successful. We are in big trouble I'm afraid.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  72. axby

    Obama had a huge success against terrorists: Osama bin Laden, al-Libi, Awlaki etc. Obviously, the muslim countries would hate him for that. And the non-muslim countries would love him for the same reason. It's that simple!! So, what is so surprising?

    June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  73. Oblame-o the clown

    "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions 'yes', why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have." (R. Reagan – 10/28/1980)

    June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • MnTaxpayer

      "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? YES
      Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? I didn't have trouble then and I don't noew.
      Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? More, starting in 2007.
      Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? More So
      Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? More So.
      And if you answer all of those questions 'yes', why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. I dodn't and it is obvious.
      If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, I don't Agree, Let's continue, but with a less obstructionist house of representatives. Remove that roadblock and we weill see real progress.
      then I could suggest another choice that you have." Romney? You must be kidding.
      (MnTaxpayer– 06/13/2012)

      June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • alpg49

      Four years ago, we were fighting 2 wars "off the books", and financing costly tax cuts for the wealthy in hopes that they would create jobs with their wealth. And the economy was poised to go over a cliff. As bad as it is, we didn't go off the cliff, and both wars are winding down. Yes, my choice is clear.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  74. Senses

    Your politics are bought, your education is at the bottom of the world's pile, you think you are still #1, your ex president, vice pres and sec of defence are liars and murderers and were never brought to justice, religion and money control your politics ( never mind separation of religion and state because the rule does not apply here for you) and yet, your country likes to portray itself on principles it does not follow. How do you expect other nations to have a positive view of you? Another display of oblivion.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Richard

      I don't expect the rest of the world to view us positively – because, you're right. But, what am *I* supposed to do about it? They give us exactly two choices each election and both are impotent clowns who cannot change the things that reallly matter. Don't hate us for being slaves to their system.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • MnTaxpayer

      Good, then quit emigrating, and quit working for American countries. Number one may not be what it once was, but it is still number one. I don't see many Americans emigrating to Egypt, Yemen, or Somalia. All of these sand dune empires, exept for theie oil, are completely irreleant to the rest of the world.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • BigTBone

      You didn't have to tell it like it is, Marge!

      June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  75. Peikovianyi

    And Stone Age primitives don't like having their photos taken. There are a lot of opinions out there, most of them worthless.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • card51short

      Yeah! Only a stone aged primitive wouldn't like drones flying over their countries firing rockets at their villages!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
      • alpg49

        Yes! You can't run around killing people in a foreign country and expect them to salute your "grand global vision for peace". Same mistake we made in Vietnam.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • Jack

        but yet those stone age primitives have no problem strapping explosives to their chests and blowing up markets full of women and children.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  76. Steve- Illinois

    You people that are so concerned about what people that hate us, have always hated us, and most likely always will, think about us!
    These are the same people that, once they decide they like a little taste of freedom, come crying for help!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Rational Libertarian

      They've asking the wrong place so. America hasn't been free since the late eighteenth century, and only then if you were white.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Rational Libertarian

      They're asking the wrong place so. America hasn't been free since the late eighteenth century, and only then if you were white.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • card51short

      you're right...who cares what the rest of the world thinks about us. The obviously just hate us because of our freedom. NOW BOMB THEM INTO THE STONE AGE!

      If Afghanistan started flying drones over America and bombing gang member hideouts I'm sure all Americans would thank the loving "freedom" of the Afghani army, right?

      June 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
      • Steve- Illinois

        Hang out with pigs, ya get stink on ya! Go pal around with the gang bangers in Chicago this weekend, then be surprised when you get shot! Nevermind that everyone else will think of you as a fool!

        June 13, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  77. Larry

    Could not agree more! Great reply, Todd.

    Todd

    "But in many Muslim countries Obama's policies have damaged views of the United States. In Pakistan, favorable views slipped from 19% in 2008 to 12% in 2012. In Egypt, favorable views decreased from 22% to 19%.

    In 2008 we had Bush telling Egypt and Pakistan he didn't care where Bin Ladin was and really not that concerned about him. Of course they viewed the US more favorably. The worst terrorist in history was born in Egypt and a favored son and hiding in Pakistan. President Obama kept his promise to never stop looking for Egypt and Pakistans "hero". Thanks to President Obama and our military we found your hero and took him out. Now you don't like us? LOL

    June 13, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Bill Duke

      Obama is just getting started with wars. He got us into Yeman and Libya. He has sent our combat troops to three nations in Africa. If he gets re-elected we'll be at war with Syria and Iran in weeks. Enjoy that Nobel "Peace" prize.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • MnTaxpayer

        Does it ever occur to you that the office of the President may know more about national security and foreign policy than you do? Or than any candidate who has been out of the loop does? Do you think maybe that when a President assumes office and is provided with all of the information his predessor, the intelligence agencys and the military have that he might have to revise his thinking and deviate from his campaign rhetoric in the interest of national security? I suspect that is what President Obama has experienced, and I expect the same would happen if Romney were elected.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • mctampa

        Really, and just who is talking about going to war with Iran and intervening in syria...can you say romney and the republicans. Why are you people so stupid when they tell you want they want to do and you still spout this stuff.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • card51short

      Yeah...everyone in Pakistan just LOVES bin Laden. They are all terrorists who hate America!

      And they just started hating us last year after we killed bin Laden. Before that, they loved us! They love us dropping bombs on them for decades!

      Yay for war!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  78. shannon g

    Who gives a s@#t about what they think.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • qqqqqjim

      I agree. If the Muslim countries start liking us, then I'd say we have the wrong policies in place toward them. The can all take a flying f..k as far as I'm concerned.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
      • FLIndpendent

        Do you think this may put an end to the Repub myth that "Obama is a Muslim"!!!

        June 13, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • card51short

      yeah you're right who cares about the rest of the world. We should bomb all people who are different from us. They all deserve to die because they aren't American.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
      • geronimo

        It would free up alot of resources.

        June 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  79. mudbone9

    More evidence that CNN is turning farther to the right by the day. I already find myself going more and more to the BBC and NPR to get my news. I am tired of the news being presented to me in an editorial fashion. Just give me the GD facts and I will read between the lines. CNN is sounding more and more like FOX every day.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Big George in Big D

      Maybe CNN is realizing what Fox has all along. Obama is not good for the USA. If you don't like the truth – go to MSNBC – they still hawk for Nobama.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • bob

        Big FAIL

        June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • Jerry

        On the contrary, news sites are realizing that most people are too dumb to make their own conclusions and would rather read an editorial that tells them what to think. Gone are the days of the impartial newscaster.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • card51short

        Romney has almost exactly the same policies as obama. There is no difference. Wake up

        June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • hingie68

      Because liberal news sites are a complete failure

      June 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • bob

        Sez the unthinking, uneducated dittohead

        June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • NudeTruth

        I find both sides equally dumb.

        June 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • mudbone9

      God I hate Republicans. Most of them are so self centered and they feel so self important. If you watch Fox News and think that is real Journalism then you are a total moron.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
      • card51short

        you sound just like what the republicans say about you democrats. Get a clue. Wake up. Both sides are controlled.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Bill Duke

      Mudbone9 can't handle the truth.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • drod

      I noticed that too. Ever since Faux-Noise had to cancel their Comment section the drones have infected CNN.

      On fox news website the comment box no longer appears.
      Why is Faux-Noise not allowing Comments.
      Answer: They don’t want people challenging them on their lies and they don’t want their drones entertaining people with all their colorful remarks.
      Fox News has suffered a crushing blow to its propaganda machine.
      See why
      FOXBShttp://foxnewscomments.com/author/admin/

      June 13, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  80. Pauline

    Best reply out of every comment

    Todd

    But in many Muslim countries Obama's policies have damaged views of the United States. In Pakistan, favorable views slipped from 19% in 2008 to 12% in 2012. In Egypt, favorable views decreased from 22% to 19%.
    In 2008 we had Bush telling Egypt and Pakistan he didn't care where Bin Ladin was and really not that concerned about him. Of course they viewed the US more favorably. The worst terrorist in history was born in Egypt and a favored son and hiding in Pakistan. President Obama kept his promise to never stop looking for Egypt and Pakistans "hero". Thanks to President Obama and our military we found your hero and took him out. Now you don't like us? LOL

    June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
  81. Thinkstr8

    I wonder how the terrorists are doing in the polls? Don't they bomb and kill their brethern but yet seem to have support in the way of safe havens and monetarily? Another headline posted was 60 people killed in string of bombings in Iraq. And they also let their children be brainwashed into supporting terror. I suggest those in Arab countries look at their own house before casting judgement on others!!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Rational Libertarian

      Not all Muslims are terrorists, and those drone attacks don't discriminate. They see a brown guy with a towel on his head and he's a goner. They have every right to cast judgement.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Steve- Illinois

        When you hang around with pigs, ya get some stink on ya!!!

        June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • card51short

        Steve – so all Americans who live next to a drug house in South Side Chicago deserved to be killed?

        June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  82. Katz

    How sad that the world is laughing at the US while we sit by and watch and wonder what will happen next!

    President Obama’s approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States ....”

    June 13, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Thinkstr8

      Such a witty remark, not!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Big George in Big D

        Oh I think its quite witty! You Obama suckers can't see the truth right in your face!

        June 13, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • PaxHominibus

      Great comment ! Best laugh I had all week.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • joe

      This is why mommy doesn't want you playing with her computer while she's going potty. Now wipe your mouth and put your toys away like a good girl.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • nagrom

      Yeah Can't wait for Mexican Romney to get in the White House. I want to see his ancestors' birth certificates too and how many wives they had before moving to Mexico. You know. Had to keep the lineage growing.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  83. Get Real

    I am not certain that we should seek as a foreign policy objective the approval of people on the street in places like Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen and Jordan. I am perfectly fine with the US having questionable approval levels there and in places like the rabble of Saudi Arabia.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Steve- Illinois

      No kidding! Some of these people act like we should be doing things to gain the approval of Somalia!!!!

      June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • card51short

      So then you'd be OK with China patrolling American streets in rough neighborhoods or having drones fly overhead looking out for suspected gang members? Or is it only OK for us to do that?

      June 13, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • geronimo

        yes , Bring the chink police to patrol our low income neighborhoods and have our drones take out all gang members suspected or not.

        June 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
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