PRINCETON, NJ -- For the first time, more Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected by other world leaders than believe he is. Americans' opinions have shifted dramatically in the past year, after being relatively stable from 2010 to 2013.
The results are based on Gallup's annual World Affairs poll, conducted
Feb. 6-9. Although opinions about a president's perceived world standing
often track with his job approval rating, a majority of Americans still
thought world leaders respected Obama in 2010 and 2011, when his job approval was similar to what it is now.
Thus, the recent decline may be more tied to specific international
matters from the past year, such as the revelation the U.S. was
listening in on foreign leaders' phone calls, the situation in Syria,
increased tensions with Russia, and an uneasy relationship between Obama
and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Democrats and independents are mainly responsible for the slide in
Obama's ratings. Independents now, by a wide margin, believe world
leaders do not respect Obama. Republicans were already largely convinced
world leaders don't respect the president. (Full Story)