New Gallup Poll: The Obama Effect Is Wearing Off
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  • Akshay Kanoria

    As a foreigner, I think that earlier, lack of confidence was because of horrible leadership on the part of George Bush and his administration. People all over the world respect Obama and especially Hillary Clinton, but confidence in America is down mainly because of concerns with the economy. I don’t think Obama could really have helped this. At least he has changed ‘distrust’ and sometimes hate, into ‘lack of confidence’. That’s a big step in and of itself. Once the economy’s back on track, I think confidence in USA will go up.

  • thibaud

    Strong horse, weak horse etc

  • John Burke

    I guess the world has gotten over that silly business about Germany trying to take over the world.

  • Anthony

    The upshot WRM of these polling results is perhaps we (United States) need a new governing majority (appreciative of fiscal responsibility sans partisanship); and if it brings international approval/leverage then we also get soft power benefit (but for country that ought be secondary objective vis-a-vis budget choices).

  • Mike D

    The world is based on power..power is the ABILITY to use FORCE..much of this force is derived from money..money used to gain MILITARY strength…Obama has dwindled the power of the USA..both on the economic front and the military front…The military power of the USA has mainly (but not always) been used to maintain the stability (adherance to a minimum set of ‘laws’) in the world. When the big lion dies..the small lions fight to see who will be the ‘big lion’…Power shifts are hardly ever without violence.

  • Maire

    I’m not a fan of Obama, but this poll only demonstrates how fickle the world is. What did they think was going to happen? No one can solve America’s problems by themselves. There is no magic wand.

  • Corlyss

    I don’t give a rat’s posterior what other nations think of us.

    They take our money and spend it just the same. Their people would immigrate here in a New York nanosecond if they could. They buy our Apple products, try to attract our businesses to their shores, flock to our movies and watch our tv programs, listen to our music, study our language, memorize our Declaration of Independence, study our Constitution, dream of having a government half as good as ours.

    If that ain’t respect, it will have to do till the real thing comes along.

  • Toni

    Remember, Obama is the man who set up the Simpson-Bowles debt/deficit commission and then ignored its recommendations. Fixing this country’s finances will have to wait four more years if Obama is reelected.

  • a nissen

    Just one thing needs adding to Anthony’s comment, not that he does not imply it: “The upshot WRM of these polling results is perhaps we (United States) need a new governing majority (appreciative of fiscal responsibility sans partisanship); and if it brings international approval/leverage then we also get soft power benefit …”

    Getting an electorate appreciative of fiscal responsibility sans partisanship is the first step to a similar governing majority. I also agree, WRM, that its what the electorate thinks of Obama that counts. I think that is still up for grabs and that many share my self-debate over not voting or holding my nose and making a choice.

  • Daniel M. Ryan

    The trouble with such polls is that they don’t factor out resentment. As they say here in Canada, “the tallest blade of grass gets mowed first.”

    America, militarily and geopolitically, is the tallest blade of grass. Consequently, world approval ratings are going to reflect that status. Approval ratings are going to be lower than they otherwise would have been solely because America is a hyperpower.

    Anti-Americanism works! As long as America is easy to cast as the biggest “bully” on the world stage, there’ll always be an incentive encouraging criticism of, and even hostility towards, America. That biasing has to be taken into account.

  • Jeffersonian

    Wait, are you trying to say there’s a substantive aspect to all this, not just the flashy PR image?

  • Yahzooman

    This is Jimmy Carter, Part II.

    You may recall that during the malaise days of Mr. Carter, people were saying America was in eclipse. They even said that the job of the president was too big for one person.

    Then along came Reagan. America earned the respect of the world community because our leader respected its citizens.

    All will be well as soon as someone else sits in the Oval Office in January, 2013.

  • Constitution First

    Wiser men than I have said: it’s not Øbummer, it’s the fools that voted for him.

    And those fools get their information from a Malfeasant Media.

    Do the math.

  • Hogarth Kramer

    “horrible leadership on the part of George Bush”

    “The Rest Of The World,” and much of the US, may not have liked where Bush led, but that is distinctly different from “horrible leadership.”

    Bush led my example. Bush led with some degree of compromise. Obama “leads” by edict, petulance, blame-shifting, threats, and a complete and utter lack of trustworthiness.

  • Hogarth Kramer

    “the job of the president was too big for one person”

    As is the job of piloting a 747 if you put a rank amateur in the Captain’s seat, which is precisely what was done with Obama.

  • pep

    “People all over the world respect Obama”
    Really? Israel? Great Britain? China? You are misinformed.

    “I’m not a fan of Obama, but this poll only demonstrates how fickle the world is. What did they think was going to happen? No one can solve America’s problems by themselves. There is no magic wand.”

    I doubt that you are not an Obama fan, but assuming you aren’t, the real question is why these objections weren’t raised in ’08, when we were promised that the Lightworker would solve all problems.

  • Diggs

    It’s funny to hear statements made by people like Akshay Kanoria that “the world” hated Bush, and loves Obama and Hillary.
    Baloney. The world’s LEFT hated Bush, and loves Hillary and Obama. There is a huge difference. The Left of the world want a weakened America, and love anyone who also wants a weak America. Ever wonder why the Left of the world so quickly embraced the misogynistic, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-intellectual, theocratic islamist movement? The islamists hate America as much as the Left hates America; and they see that same hatred of our liberty when they hear Obama speak. We Americans can, and will, survive a weakened America because of our base beliefs in liberty and freedom of the individual and the strength derived from that. It will have to be seen whether the rest of the world will resort to the wars of the first part of the 20th century that cost millions of lives to move borders a few miles when America can no longer be a world referee. If those wars affect only the Lefties like Akshay who have dreamed of a world with a weak America, then I’m good with that.

  • CJ

    Americans are immigrants or decedents of immigrants that escaped the oppression of incompetent or abusive governments. Freedom loving Americans couldn’t care less how non-Americans regard us. That Obama wants to transform the most successful country into another socialistic failure that promotes rights of governments over the rights of individuals will lead to his ouster in a few months. He is the most polarizing leader that we have had because in 2008 naive and delusional citizens believed in his unrealistic Utopian ideology. Socialism = Failure. Time to rebel, again, our forced march to socialism and regain our supremacy over “progressive” regimes.

  • red

    Fixing this country’s finances will have to wait four more years if Obama is reelected.

    … if we survive.

  • Comanche Voter

    Apropos of the Canadian comment about “tallest blade of grass’ and Mr. Kanoria’s comment about “the horrible leadership of George Bush and his administration”–let’s just say that the lawn was a lot higher when Bush was around. Looks like the lawn has died under Obama.

  • Brian

    Until America starts looking after our own self-interest rather than that of some murky and utopian global view, we will lag economically. Ultimately, we need to believe in ourselves and that our self-interest will benefit the world, rather than try to be the world’s policeman and fix problems abroad while employing counterproductive and expensive policies at home (the Obama view).

  • I doubt that you are not an Obama fan, but assuming you aren’t, the real question is why these objections weren’t raised in ’08, when we were promised that the Lightworker would solve all problems.

    Excellent point, pep.

    And when one allows themself to be marketed as a Messiah, they should not be surprised when they are held to that standard.

    OTOH, those that judge Mr. Bush as a failure, IMHO, are stuck in the conventional wisdom of the last century, that gave us efforts for “peace” that instead assured war without end … because they kept treating dictators and democrats as morally equivalent, and worried more about some American shredding paper than they did about tyrants shredding people.

    Without freedom … and the respect for, and protection of, it by those charged with governance … peace is just an illusion.

  • koblog

    What?! You mean spending $5 trillion more than you have on bogus green energy companies owned by Obama supporters who go bankrupt, corrupt unions and Brazilian oil drilling boondoggles hurts our image in the world?

  • Steve

    THANK YOU for posting! We’ve been all over this on Common Cents!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

  • Rjschwarz

    The US is a nation of immigrants that left those nations because most are (or were) dysfunctional in one way or another.. The nations that are no longer dysfunctional are friends no matter who is President, those that remain dysfunctional are friends when it suits them and no longer. Why care about the opinion of fair weather nations?

  • Major Deek

    This is all by design.

    It’s the “Wright Agenda.”

  • Skandia Recluse

    ‘Way back in ’08 Obama ran, proudly, as a community organizer. What does a modern day community organizer, or a union organizer do? They stir up trouble were none existed, they feed envy and discontent, they feed the conflagration and feast on the chaos they have initiated.

    What did you think Obama was going to do once elected? Those mobs he trained, the ones who invaded bank lobbies demanding money were a one time event? The mobs he is training now, the ‘Occupiers’, what do you think they will do? You can raise an army with a multi billion dollar slush fund skimmed out of a multi trillion dollar federal budget.

  • LB

    “Fixing this problem should be the president’s first priority regardless of who wins the next election.”

    In other words; the current President isn’t doing his job.

  • Kebert Xela

    I can’t guess at how a global poll is taken or a 1 point spread is substantiated. Good budgeting is good politics until the price of a majority exceeds revenues. Are German immigration rates up?

  • Andy Freeman

    > As a foreigner, I think that earlier, lack of confidence was because of horrible leadership on the part of George Bush and his administration.

    Which just goes to show that foreigners are even more clueless than Americans.

    Bush wasn’t great, but non-Americans pretty much hated him for the things that he got better than his critics.

  • Once in the history of the world has a murdering dictator been given a fair trial by the people he murdered, and justly executed.

    Saddam Hussein. That is it.

    It took a large coalition to accomplish that. That is leadership. Thank you President G.W. Bush.

  • Richard

    If Obama had been a white male Republican, he would be described as an empty suit.

  • Bill Woods

    “the job of the president was too big for one person”

    If true, then the job (and the government generally) needs to be scaled down to the point that one person *can* do it.

  • thibaud

    Obama is a small man occupying a very big job.

    His biggest problem is not the lack of intelligence, but the vast gap between his modest talents and his own (and his erstwhile groupies’) ludicrously inflated assessment of those talents.

    The biggest drops in popularity have occurred in those areas where most people were encouraged by Obama’s gaseous campaign rhetoric and amazing lifestory to expect a post-American presidency: western Europe and the arab world.

  • Bryan

    Those who view Germany as doing well are fooled by appearances. What has happened is they have sold lots of great stuff on credit for years on end, and invested in their manufacturing infrastructure supposing this can go on forever. It can’t. A lot of capital investment they’ve made will sit idle because the customers are bankrupt. A lot of the wealth they’ve made for their strained pension systems is actually just on paper, in the form of debt, debt that won’t be fully paid or paid back at all. Their own domestic demand will not fill the place of foreign demand, because Germany has death bed demographics. Germany will face plant much as Japan did after their 80’s boom, but worse.

  • Patriot

    Obama and his lecturing attitude makes him a poor leader. His shrew of a wife tries to ” charm ” people but they are both insincere and members of the “Blame America First ” crowd. They both have spent their lives railing against what made us the envy of all other lands.

    OMG – Obama Must Go. Really.

  • yes

    Correct. Bye bye Barry/Obama, we hardly knew ye.

    But what we did know, we didnt like. Pure deceit and unfounded conceit, with an ever present whiff of racism.

    Soon everyone will read your college thesis and see Obama and Michelle were disbarred for reasons.

  • yes

    The Obama legacy will be the rise of Muslim Brohood (ask Mubarek or the Saudis) and a mountain of debt. He did his best to defeat America, but then they voted again..

  • mac

    I don’t understand why Americans are so willing to give credence to what foreigners say. I’ve lived overseas in various countries for the past 30 years. It’s been da[r]ned seldom that I’ve run across a foreigner who knew as much of his/her OWN country’s history as I did, much less America’s history. Bluntly put, all those studies saying “foreigners are smarter/better educated” are, in my experience, arrant nonsense. America’s lead may be declining–Obama’s election is clear proof of that–but we’re still out front by a good margin.

  • jkl

    “to the question of being feared or loved, I come to the conclusion that, men loving according to their own will and fearing according to that of the prince, a wise prince should establish himself on that which is in his own control and not in that of others; he must endeavour only to avoid hatred, as is noted”
    And btw: In Africa, Bush was loved

  • Lanceman

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – WITH THE EXCEPTION of Reagan, you have to go all the way back to Eisenhower to get to a better President than George W. Bush.

    Don’t gimme any [garbage] about JFK. A man whose greatest accomplishments included Viet Nam and losing Cuba. The only President who provably stole an election. He was a martyr, nothing more.

  • no way

    As a foreigner, I think that earlier, lack of confidence was because of horrible leadership on the part of George Bush and his administration. People all over the world respect Obama and especially Hillary Clinton, but confidence in America is down mainly because of concerns with the economy. I don’t think Obama could really have helped this. At least he has changed ‘distrust’ and sometimes hate, into ‘lack of confidence’. That’s a big step in and of itself. Once the economy’s back on track, I think confidence in USA will go up.

    the economy won’t be back on track with ozero. i suggest you study the history of europe and see the dire results of paying people to sit on their backsides. as a european you don’t have a clear understanding of amercians and it is very clear in your comments.

  • Meremortal

    I notice a consistent attitude among many internet commenters. Democrats can’t be expected to fix anything, and are never to blame for any problems. Expectations of performance and blame for lack of same are reserved for Republicans.
    I agree, expecting Democrats/Socialists to improve lives is a waste of time. Republicans are little better, but they are better. I am an American independent since neither party has the courage to make America solvent again. Our choice today is whether to achieve fiscal collapse quickly or slowly.

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