By Jason Sattler

POLL: Obama Still Most Popular World Leader

September 4, 2013 4:48 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 46 Comments A+ / A-
POLL: Obama Still Most Popular World Leader

Though his popularity is down from its peak in 2009, President Obama remains the world’s most popular leader among the world’s citizens as the G20 gathers for a summit in Russia, according to Pew Research.

“Only Angela Merkel comes close to the breadth of Obama’s popularity,” writes Pew’s Andrew Kohut. However, Obama inspired more confidence than the German chancellor in seven out of eight major German countries polled last year.

Confidence in Obama’s international policies has declined in every country that was polled in 2009 and again during the beginning of his second term — except in Israel.

In Egypt, confidence has declined 16 percent as the U.S. government has been blasted by both supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the current military government.

Obama’s personal appeal is more responsible for his popularity than his policies.

“A global median of 54 percent across the 39 countries surveyed by Pew Research in 2013 express confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, while just 47 percent approve of his international policies,” Kohut notes. “The gap between people’s trust in the American president and their support for his policies is particularly large in Canada (+16 percentage points) and some Western European nations, such as Britain (+11).”

President’s Obama’s median popularity of 42 percent is more than double that of G20 summit host Vladimir Putin’s 19 percent. The only country where Putin inspires more confidence than Obama is China.

Both abroad and at home, Obama’s popularity seems much higher when compared to other politicians. The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows his approval at 44 percent and disapproval at nearly 51 percent. Congress, however, has a 15.5 percent approval rating and 76 percent disapproval rating.

Much of Obama’s popularity can be credited to the fact that he’s not George W. Bush. Kohut called the gap between the current and former president as “yawning.”

This comparison remains President Obama’s greatest advantage.

AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

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  • KevinLawson

    What are the eight major German countries? And are there some minor ones too?

  • Dominick Vila

    President Obama’s approval rating will be tested in coming weeks dependent on the effectiveness, scope, and the outcome of our involvement in Syria. Not surprisingly, his domestic detractors remain focused on anything they can use to undermine his credibility and impact his

    • sigrid28

      Great post, Dominick. I had the experience of seeing firsthand what it looks like when an airport is taken out “surgically.” The mayor of Chicago wanted to close the little civic airport that formed a small peninsula into Lake Michigan, stretching out beyond the planetarium and forming a very attractive marina next to the Field Museum. The argument went on for months. Then, one day it was there, and the next it was just a broken up pavement on which not even an army helicopter could very conveniently land. Even its mini-airport terminal remained intact. Now it is a city park and, I believe, a heliport convenient to downtown. I wish the Syrian people such a mild intervention and such a fortunate outcome.

      • Pamby50

        I remember that well. The next day on the news they showed pictures of the airport all torn up. Is it still a small concert venue in the summer? Nobody remembers Meigs Field nowdays. Not so sure Syria will turn out so well but we can hope.

        • sigrid28

          I’m not sure about the concert venue, but that would be ideal. When my son was little, twenty or so years ago, you used to be able to turn off Lake Shore Drive and right into the little street leading to the Adler Planetarium. There was a small parking lot for the airport and for the harbor, where a few boats were in dry dock all winter. The drive went on around the planetarium and back out to Lake Shore Drive, going north. So you could park your car near enough to visit the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum and Adler Planetarium until your feet wore out for the cost of a pocketful of quarters (the museums were free on Thursdays)–or just walk about on the peninsula, watching planes and helicopters land and take off, or watching boats go in and out of the harbor. If you parked your car on the drive circling Adler Planetarium after dark, facing downtown, you had a singularly spectacular view of the lights of the city–for free. You would be seeing the new skyscrapers from the perspective of the cities monumental architecture along Museum Drive. In Syria, too, once the rubble is gone twenty years from now, there will once again be such perspectives, looking back and forth between centuries of architecture and culture. Assad has done all he can to squander three millennia of culture. I, too, hope whatever we do to acknowledge the richness and value of Syria’s citizens will do as little harm as possible to their national treasures and the cities surrounding them.

  • dxsmopuim

    What moron put THIS poll together ? obama is THE worst “president” in all of American history even eclipsing jimmy carter by a country mile ! obama can’t even build a coalition of TWO regarding Syria when his own nation is ONE OF THEM !!!!!! Bush Jr. put together over 40 for Iraq and Bush Sr. put together the whole damn planet for Kuwait. obama is a COMPLETE LOSER in every facet of American and world politics. COMPLETE LOSER !

    • lana ward

      Obama is a terrorist Sunni Muslim. His whole plan all along, is to hurt America. Soon his plan of the Islamic flag flying over the WH will come true!!!

      • roguerunners

        NEXT!

      • Elisabeth Gordon

        Lana is an ignorant American wanna-be…Your plan all along should be to pack your bags and flee the country that you proclaim is going to sh-eet….if it is, it is because the likes of you are shee–ting on it.

        • lana ward

          Obama is a member of the muslim brotherhood too. You need to check out real news. You wouldn’t be so ignorant

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            Lana – I must concede. Clearly people the world over and every American that cast their vote for President Obama TWICE are deluded…and you are our true savior and the wisest amongst us…..LOL

          • lana ward

            Many of those who cast their vote for Obama even once, have changed their mind. People are finally waking up, you are slow–Bush is more popular right now than Obama is

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            Now THAT’s funny….it has finally occured to me that you are here to amuse….thanks…we appreciate it….Bush more popular than Obama…I get it! hahahahahahahahhahahahaah – have you ever considered a career in stand-up?

          • lana ward

            It’s true smartass! Bush is more popular than Obama. Check it out, then see if you’re still laughing, fool

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            Did Fox News tell you that? or Limbaugh? or, perhaps the little madmen running around in your head….You really should look into the stand-up thing….

          • lana ward

            Look it up. Your queer, terrorist muslim is WAY down in the polls. Destroying America isn’t going over so well with Americans

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            Since you are clearly not happy here, Lana….I suggest that there are plenty of other spots on the planet where perhaps you’d be happier….we will not miss you, in fact, I’ll help you pack.

          • lana ward

            Hopefully it will be the terrorist in the WH packing, to head for prison

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            …you’re beyond pathetic….have a lovely deluded day!

          • lana ward

            But I’m right and you’re ignorant

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            That is EXACTLY the response I would expect from one as delusional and out-of touch as you….I fear that we will have to put up with your rants at least until 2020, as surely you are aware that another Democrat will be elected in 2016…now go take your meds like a good little girl….

          • Rona Griliches Isaacs

            Orly Taitz, is that you?

      • FT66

        Lana ward, have you taken your medicine today or you are still sleepy and not aware of what you are writing about. Still we love you lana!

        • Elisabeth Gordon

          FT66 – I fear it is too late for poor lana….she’s had her head up her butt for so long that her first name spelled backwards says it all….

    • Dominick Vila

      Please make sure you keep saying that to yourselves. It is obvious that you all need reinforcement to deal with your childish perceptions.
      President Obama’s ability to prevent the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy announced former President Bush in 2008, his ability to strengthen our financial institutions to the point that they are once again giving credit to consumers, his ability to bring foreclosures and bankruptcies back to normal levels, his ability to turn job losses into job creation, his ability to reduce the size of our civil servant workforce and the Federal government budget deficits, his willingness to tackle issues such as healthcare reform, expansion of Reagan’s Brady Act, equal pay for women, preventing a sequel to 9/11, reducing the number of terrorist attacks against our diplomatic missions from 12 to 1, and restoring the international credibility of the United States, makes him one of the best Presidents in U.S. history.
      That is one of the reasons a majority of U.S. citizens re-elected him in 2012, and the reason he got a comfortable majority of the electoral vote. That is also the reason he is welcomed, praised and honored in every country he visits, in contrast to George W. Bush who has to be careful where he goes for fear that he may be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.

      • Elisabeth Gordon

        Mr. Vila – I think you and I both are aware that trying to talk sense to the likes of Lana and dxsmopium is a fruitless endeavor….they have always hated “that black guy in the WH” and nothing will change their childish immature and unfounded attitudes…what is really amusing about their rhetoric is that they truly believe what they spout…poor things…

      • Sand_Cat

        dxsmopuim is probably one of those who knows that Obama actually lost by a substantial majority, but ACORN and those people in Chicago who voted 10 or 11 times (or was it 9 or 10?) – the former reaching out from its non-existence – subverted the overwhelmning victory by that true man of the people, the Mittwit.

      • Margiemfn

        Dominick, I enjoy your comments/posts so much. I often just hit the like button instead of bothering to sign in. Do you have a FB page or blog I can visit? Your reply above is detailed and fact-filled instead of just subjective. I appreciate your insight!

    • elw

      Well you are entitled to your opinion, however, it is clear that the majority of the people in those polls quoted felt otherwise. They are entitled to their opinion as well. Sorry but if you like it or not you are in the minority when it comes to our President. You can think what you want, but you cannot change the facts. Try reading Dominick post again it might help you.

  • FT66

    Anyone who is thinking right, must understand that Pres. Obama is the gift who was sent from god to all people. He is not there because he wants to be President. He is there to make sure the peace is restored in the whole world.
    I praise the Norwegian Noble Committee who gave this man a Nobel Peace Prize in advance. They were very, very smart to do so. While receiving his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, (fortunately I was there), Pres. Obama said: ” Sometime we must go to war in order to restore peace. People always think going to war is always to kill. That is not the case and the intentions. Sometimes we will be forced to act”.
    Last night listening to the interview of former Sec. of State Kissinger and that one of Donald Rumsfeld. I came to realise that it is good to have around people of wisdom, of which comes with experience. They really articulated what has to be done in Syria and that US must not hesitate to take action.
    I came to think about those who are called “wacko birds”. These people have no clue at all about leading the country. It is all about show-off and I can’t blame them much because they have no wisdom and experience at the same time. Unfortunately I compare them with a young cat playing around in the house, destorying sofas and everything in the house in order to impress everyone.
    We need to ignore these wacko birds, they have nothing concrete to offer to the nation at the moment. May be as they continue to grow older, they might become wiser than they are now.

    • Germansmith

      Send by God and with the seal of approval from Rumsfeld and Kissinger !!!
      Almost sound like you are talking about a Republican President.
      Please share with us the meds you are taking…I want some of that

      • FT66

        Germansmith
        You are forcing me to use this language of which I didn’t intend to use. Can I count you among those who have thick heads? Everyone on earth was sent by god, and not everyone on earth is the President neither I nor you. Kissinger and Rumsfeld gave their views and not APPROVAL. I repeat NOT APPROVAL. I feel sorry for myself using these few minutes writing this to you!

        • sigrid28

          Thank you for taking the trouble to answer Germansmith’s post. I found your insight into Obama’s international reputation very interesting, especially since I suspect you speak English as a second language and perhaps have, at one time or another, resided in another country besides the U.S. Would I be right?

          • FT66

            No sigrid28 English is not my second language, it is my first language and I know where I was originated before I moved where I am residing now. Unfortunately I wouldn’t prefer NOT to introduce myself to the entire world who I am. Thank you for asking anyhow!

          • sigrid28

            Sorry to have been indiscrete. Do keep on posting.

        • Germansmith

          You are polite in your language, no need to apologize.
          You can count me along the thick heads if you want, I have been call worst here and I really do not care nor I am running for office.
          Rumsfeld and Kissinger and all the other warmongers are prodding Obama toward military action (usually by sending missiles from hundreds of miles away or dropping bombs from thousands of feet) and therefore are APPROVING his future macho answer to whatever Assad may or may not be doing killing his people in ways the US do not approve.
          I am sure God does not approve of chemical weapons, I think he prefer to see his children kill by clusters bombs or Napalm instead…just the way we do it.
          As far as Obama being sent by Allah….is a bit much…don’t you think?

          • FT66

            Oh dear! Allah, God, I think means the same. Am I right? For sure there is no god whether is called Allah or another name who approves killing of innocent children. I was very annoyed with the do nothing “United Nations” with their leader from somewhere, I do not remember where (sorry), chewing a hard stone in their mouth and don’t say or do nothing on these dying innocent children. What is the UN there for? Helping children who are dying of hunger and not sure whether they eat today and tomorrow they will be killed by gassing chemicals. What kind of game is this one? I hope next time UN chooses their leader, must put in consideration what person is there for all people, in good and bad times. Unfortunately, I do not see it in the current UN leadership.

          • Germansmith

            FT66
            You seen like a nice person, which are rare and few between
            The reality of Syria is that women and children will pay for the poor decisions of their men and leaders. Assad was until recently a fairly benign leader as far as dictators go.
            The US should probably spend the money they would spend in bombs and missiles and send it to Jordan, Iraq and Turkey so they can take care of the 2 millions refugees they are absorbing due to this tragedy in Syria. I think helping the refugees will earn far better good will and respect than bombing anybody

    • elw

      Although I appreciate your nice words about our President, I must say that President Obama did not ask for nor does he need or want Kissinger’s or Rumsfeld’s approval or advice. Neither of two are considered wise nor is their experience respected. I am not sure who interviewed them, but anything they said is no more than background noise for the President. He is far to busy discussing Syria with World leaders and his own, hand picked advisors. By the way, you should really be thanking the American voters who had the wisdom to make the right choice when they voted for President Obama in the last two elections, it was actually them that gave him to us.

      • FT66

        elw
        You have to be a very balanced person I suppose. I heard this interview from the our friendly news network , if you do not mind me mentioning it: it was Fox News with one lady who fled from CNN those times and joined them. Her first name is: Grete. She was the perfect interviewer those days when she was with CNN, BUT nowadays even a kid can notice where she stands for. Kissinger and Rumsfeld according to the interview, were not biased. I know they are republicans, but they stated their views and putting the country first. They do not want to see the country going down to the toilet because of Syria. They didn’t understand why any American should side with Putin who has no interest at all in this country.

        • elw

          Oh, please. Kissinger and Rumsfeld took the Country down a toilet when they led it into war with Iraq based on lies, that they still swear are true. Their opinions and views are not respected worldwide. I do not mind if you mention FOX News, it has as little respect as Kissinger and Rumsfeld.

  • Germansmith

    yes, Kind of the “Jerry Lewis of world leaders”.
    Let us not be selfish and share him with the rest of the world.
    And after that let FT66 write a proposal to the Pope to sanctify Obama. I am sure we can find quite a few miracles he has preformed.
    Saint Obama…….kind of nice ring to it. Of course he would not be the first black saint, but, heck, we can not win them all.

  • elw

    Presidential popularity is an up and down thing. It is never possible to please everyone and in today’s political atmosphere it is a given that no matter what the President does he will have a loud and vocal opposition complaining and twisting his words and actions. President Obama’s character and ability to please the majority of people speaks loudly about his words and actions to date. I am sure historically he will take a very high place on the list of great presidents.
    One last comment. The average of the polls is a joke that should never be used to make a point as done by Jason Sattler. Pollers use a wide variety of methods and samples when they poll that is why their numbers do not match. None of them use the same questions or methods to pick their samples. It defies the scientific methods behind polling to average their results. The results of the average is nonsense and should be treated as such.

  • docb

    Do not like aggregate polls but this should frost the repub baggers rear end! Hah!

  • nomoretraitors

    I guess this shows stupidity is not confined to the American public

  • genevieve

    I am so concerned about what is happening in Syria at this time. Some people sees this as a civil war, but I don’t, It goes much further than that. Some people are not looking at the bigger picture at all, but my ignorance tells me that if we were to go into that country only as an airstrike (only) it will lead to something much bigger than that because Iran (who is very quiet at this time) Russia and all of Syria’s allies will join in, there it will be an all out war known as; WORLD WAR 111. This is a very fragile and sticky situation It goes beyond sympathy for all those people, words cannot describe how painful our fellow human beings feel. I can agree with OUR PRESIDENT & THOSE IN CONGRESS that want to go in, and also those WHO DO NOT both sides have legit points but ….. we have to do something about this or else we will REGRET IT LATER, meaning if Syria gets away with it (gassing his people) Iran will be next to oblige, not on his own citizen, but might even send some to us, so again I am saying we have to make a decision and soon. Then again, the Holy Scriptures state MAN WILL DESTROY THEMSELVES, 2) PEACE, PEACE THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. So people, if it is the end time no matter what we do, it will be what is meant to be. SO KEEP THE FAITH & ONLY BELIEVE.

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