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April 2nd, 2008
05:53 PM ET

Is America’s image on the mend?

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Pakistani protesters burn U. S. flags in Quetta, Pakistan. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's how you can tell we're coming to the end of President Bush's second term. America's image abroad - which has taken a serious pounding over the past 7 years - is starting to rebound… at least a little.

A new poll conducted for the BBC surveyed more than 17,000 people in 34 countries. The number of people who say the U.S. has a positive influence is now at 35%, compared to 31% a year ago. Those who say the U.S. has a negative influence is at 47% today, and that's down from 52% last year.

Also, positive views of the U.S. – in the 17 countries polled every year since 2005 – is actually up for the first time in four years. Nonetheless, the poll shows that views of U.S. influence in the world are still mainly negative, even though they've improved in half of the countries that were polled last year.

A State Department official acknowledges that views of the U.S. have been negative in recent years, but said 2003 and 2004 were a quote "anomaly." That's when we invaded Iraq using phony intelligence. He called public opinion a "lagging indicator of what we are doing."

The next president will have an opportunity to build on these numbers and help restore this country's image to what it used to be, when we were well-liked and respected by many more people around the globe than we are today.

Here’s my question to you: A new poll suggests America’s image is improving in many countries overseas. Why?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


Filed under: U.S. Global Image
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Jim Galvin

    I don't think it's improving. The downward trend has been put on pause until the world sees who the next President is going to be.

    The fact that Bush will soon be gone is putting a positive spin on the spiral of descen and starting to reverse it... maybe.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Ronald Kepics

    Jack:

    It's simple. We are getting rid of Bush.

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 2, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    Have polls been wrong before? you can bet your "biffy". If anything the news indicates the oposite. I guess it depends on how much money they want from us.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  4. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Do you think so Jack? I'm not sure about that. It's not improving enough that countries are jumping in to help in Afghanistan – 1200 extra troops from other countries, support only-not in the front lines. Yeah, we have a great image, we won't be trusted til these guys are gone. Until then, our soldiers are on their own.

    Wait til the footage of Bush throwing the first pitch at the Nationals game gets out – the rest of the world will know we're just as disgusted as they are.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  5. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    The countries of the world are looking forward to the end of the George W. Bush administration. They are hoping and praying that his successor will straighten out the U.S. and return it to it's former place as a responsible leader of the free world.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  6. JoAnn in Iowa

    The Bush nightmare is about to end. We are all doing a happy dance, though it is going to take a while to clean up the Bush mess.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  7. Joe in DE

    Sometimes the response is related to the way a question is asked. Maybe some actually believe that we ar making progress in Iraq. Who took the poll, the Republican National Committee?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Our image is improving because the world is finding out we are not rats with tunnel vision blindly following the pied piper.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Well you know as well as I know polls are not always right. To mend a fence requires a person to fix the entire fence not just the one broken board and we have a lot of fence to mend. Did the people doing the poll only ask those that were just given billions of dollars by the Bush administration?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Eddie, Quebec

    The answer is the Obama hype. And the prospect that the Americans have a good chance to elect an anti-war candidate.

    Gravel/Powell 08

    April 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  11. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    That's an easy one: because Bush's presidency is coming to an end.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  12. Jim

    Jack, America's image is improving because it had only one way to go. Up. President Bush and the "Bush Doctrine" are history. Our President can now get back to the important tasks of clearing brush, hearding cattle. and tending his library. That will make the rest of the world smile.
    Jim Los Angeles

    April 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  13. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Thats an easy one Jack. The world knows that dick bush and george cheney (oops again) will very soon be a sorry footnote of american political history and a new administration will begin the process of healing the damage they have done around the world and here at home.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  14. Dave from Mission Viejo,California

    George W. Bush is in the last few months of his Presidency. Just knowing that someone else will be President in January 2009 makes the world and Americans feel better about the USA.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  15. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    Jack, I think America's image is improving despite the efforts of politicians from BOTH parties because the people are out speaking their minds on everything from the environment to the economy, instead of being the lazy, overweight, and uninterested populace that the rest of the world pictures us as.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  16. ron

    “George Bush Out”, ”Barack Obama In”,- It’s as simple as that.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  17. Mark - Asheville, NC

    How could it be? GWB and Cheney are still running the country, with four years of McCain on the way. We are not going to get out of Iraq any time soon, at least before 2012, and there is no telling where we will start a war next.

    If Europeans and others are telling themselves that the US will get a new, Democratic president in January, they are dilusional and are going to be very disappointed on November 4th. They have seen this movie before (1988, 2000, 2004) – why do they not remember it?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  18. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I have no idea who is putting out this poll. Must be the bushies. We are still hated everywhere because of bush's arrogance,the Iraq war,the falling dollar and the fact that prices of everything is going through the roof because of hedge funds and greed. No,America is going into the toilet and taking the rest of the world with it.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  19. Brian, Devon PA

    The world, like most Americans, are happy knowing that G.W. Bush and his band of marauders are almost history. That's why the opinion of the US abroad is rising. Unfortunately it's going to take a long, long time to clean up the mess that Bush and his greedy backers have caused the US and the World.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Gary, NJ

    Well Jack perhaps they see a light at the end of the very dark Bush tunnel.

    Perhaps they feel sorry for us after all it is no secret to anyone that this country has sufferd through the worst presidency since Washington took the oath of office in 1789.

    Perhaps they see some glimmer of hope, one ray of light that indicates the dark days of this administartion are coming to and end , that there is real hope for intelligent discoures, rational decision making and honest interaction with friends and foes to once again become part of governance in America with the pending election of a new president.

    Perhaps.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  21. Jamaal Kansas City Kansas

    Because Bush is leaving the white house shortly duh !

    April 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  22. stan

    the answer is quite simple jack, O.B.A.M.A! the fact that America could have a bi-racial, african-american as president, has given people in other countries hope that all is not lost with America, that like obama says, there is HOPE.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  23. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, it is simple. George W Bush won't be President in less than a year! That alone is cause for celebration in this country and overseas!

    April 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  24. Harold from Anchorage

    Doubtless the world is optimistic, as I am, about the prospect of having an energetic, peace-loving President Barack Obama.

    Of course,that attitude will turn to pessimism if we get a "Kurtz"-type with anger management issues with hundreds of nukes in his pocket and an outspoken desire to continue an immoral war.
    Oh, the horror of it!.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  25. Karri, Minnesota

    That's an easy one......Because the era of the Bush administration is over. That's if McCain doesn't get elected.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  26. Keith

    Just knowing that "Bushwacked" and his chronies have less than 10 months left to screw things up, is good news for the world, Jack.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, I would not be surprised if we have a better image because there are Presidential hopefuls who are more concerned with problems back home than with being the world's policemen – both promise a real change after the problems caused by Bush. In addition, many countries are glad that our next President may be from a minority group or from a different gender; even if McCain wins in November, the tremendous support we have seen for Obama and Clinton cannot be overlooked.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  28. paul, W.Ky

    Perhaps an improvement in America's image in the world, is directly proportional to the decreasing amount of time GWB has in the White House. Perhaps the world is listening when all 3 of the presidential candidates say they would close GITMO, and they would out-law all forms of torture, and they would not only talk at but also listen to the views of our allies, and on world-wide issues we would act in concert with allies and not "cowboy" it alone. To the present administration the majority of the Nation, and the majority of the world is wrong: how much more closed-minded can these reckless wealthy aristocrats be? paul, KY

    April 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  29. Karen - Branson MO

    Well gee whiz... that's easy
    1. Bush won't be here next year
    2. Barack Obama has excited other nations that there really is hope for Americans
    3. Because of the pressures of the primaries, the current government agencies are scrambling to improve the economy somehow...finally.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  30. Paulette Dallas,PA

    The world is excited that we are finally going to be rid of Bush!!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  31. dennis north carolina

    how can the image of the United States be on the mend when the same people that destroyed the image are still in office. oh, I know the polls were taken by chenney, Mc Cain, and Bush while traveling on our tax money. Great Job?????

    April 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  32. Jay - Atlanta

    No. And we Americans deserve the scrutiny we are getting. We consume too much, we demand too much, we expect too much, and lately we even invade foreign lands and try to impose our will on sovereign nations in the name of "pre emptive action". We need to tend to our own business, and we have lots of it to tend to.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  33. Aaron Ft. Myers, Fla

    If this is true it would be because we are considering a woman and an african american for president. It certainly has nothing to do with our current clown in chief.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  34. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    The interest ignited by Obama world wide and to a lesser degree Senator Clinton, and their moderately sane views on the type of relationships America ought to have with other countries has shown that we are not all insanely power drunk war mongers. The options presented by the candidates in this years elections have tended to reduce the apprehension that the interests of the US is to dominate, bully and impose their opinions on the rest of the world. This favorable outlook on America has helped to diffuse the campaigns of the products of the evil axis who simply hate us for the freedom we propagate and the decency that characterize our way of life. Whatever way the nominations plays out we owe Obama and Hillary one each for helping to tell the story of the true America.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  35. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Overseas the world is following this election as closely as we are. They see we recognize George Bush is the worst president in history and they know we are desperate for 180 degree change.

    Instead of being the nation that is always dragging the chain on issues such as global warming, they know we have the potential to be a leader.

    The only thing more we could do to show the world that America is back on its way to recovery is to drive the Dixie Chicks tune, "I Hope" to number one in the music charts. That would be enough to set the rest of the world off into a rousing chorus of, "Amen."

    April 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    The whole world blames George Bush on America's unpopularity. Since he's on his way out, we can soon go back to normal, regardless who becomes president. Not even John McCain can mess this up.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  37. Charles in Florida

    Jack, until I get my stimulus check in my hand, see gasoline prices go down some and get my IRA account somewhat healthy. America's image overseas doesn't concern me.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  38. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    In the beginning America's image was intact with countries overseas, they just didn't like our president. Their disapproval of the Iraq war eventually created a dislike for Americans due to the war approval ratings. When Americans found their voice the war approval ratings went down along with Bush's ratings and lesson other countries fear of the U.S. being nothing but big bullies.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  39. mikeytherhino

    Why? It bottomed Out, That's why? When you hit rock Bottom there's no place to go but Up.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    April 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  40. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    You better double check who's running this poll, or at least find out what they've been dringing.. Someone is brewing up some more cool-aid..

    April 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Doug Shuck

    Jack:

    If those polls are correct it is probably because Bush and his corrupted administration is on its way out of power and most people believe that John McCain will not be our next president. The World wants to believe that the USA will return to its historical path of a champion of democracy, of human rights, a "good global neighbor", and the guiding light for the oppressed everywhere. This is an image that our Nation has spent hundreds of years cultivating and one that Bush all but destroyed over the past 7 1/2 years.

    Great Question Jack!

    Doug
    Rochester Hills, MI

    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  42. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Because the news on the war has been much sparser of late.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Rosalynd

    Who responded to that poll and what in the world did the respondees see as favorable? Maybe America's steady march to recession is pleasing some I guess.

    The dropping dollar
    The foreclosure mess
    The Americans who have loss their jobs to outsourcing
    The high Gas Prices
    The debacle that is Iraq

    Can't Figure this one out!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  44. Kathy/ Marietta GA

    Simple January 20, 2009. They are out of there.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  45. Angelos, Munich

    Well, obviously because January 19, 2009 is drawing nearer!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  46. Harry

    Jack, those improvements were fairly in line with the margin of error, which means very little change.

    What really puzzles me is Mexico. Only 20% responded favorably to the U.S.

    Was this poll taken in Mexico or the U.S.? Either way, could it be considered an accurate gauge of Mexican sentiment?

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  47. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    Check the TV rating in the countries where our image is improving. I bet re-runs of the A-Team is the number one rated show.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  48. Don

    Perhaps they are beginning to hope, as we are that a new administration will go a long way to restoring relations with the rest of the world, and ending this illegal occupation of Iraq.
    Don North Carolina

    April 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Allen L Wenger

    The increase in our image overseas is the result of our political process. When we have politicians giving speeches that are critical of President Bush, they receive thunderous approval from overflowing crowds. This shows the world that many in the United States do not agree with the policies of the Bush Administration. The words of these politicians are giving hope to the world, not just to the American public. In November, we will see if the American people are serious about leading the world in a new direction or if we will be duped again into staying the course.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  50. April in texas

    Well it seems with the election year here and the name Bush not being on the ticket shows promise. Yes McCain basically another continuation of Bush is close to that. I really think Obama can unite not only the people in America but our alies as well. I am 39 y/o and tired of Bush and Clinton dominating the Whitehouse. Its time for change.

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    BTW Jack why don't you ever pick my comments..

    April 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  51. Stacy from Northern Virginia

    Because they know that the reign of this administration is almost over. We can all see a glimmer of light at the end of the very dark tunnel through which America has been travelling these last eight years.

    Stacy
    Fairfax, VA

    April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  52. Da Yooper - Upper Peninsula of Michigan NOT the Mitten

    Until the current President & Vice President leave the White House not a chance !!!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  53. George Wilson

    It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure this one out. It is because they sense a hugh change in policy, and the shift has already started. If you don't believe me, just check out how many bills that the Democrats introduce get passed. The current group of Republican in Congress love their jobs to much to take a chance to vote otherwise. Isn't it wonderful how people seem to get something done when it time for an election.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  54. el-tee

    Jack - You may be unaware to it but many people not off this nation are looking forward with great pleasure to the departure of the current President. In doing so they are taking a long look at the possible replacements and they maybe finding evidence that things will take a turn for the better. Hopefully this is what occurring. One might presume that the closer to the election this fall it will lift more attitutes. - El-Tee from the lower right hand corner of ND

    April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  55. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Are you kidding, if our image is improving in any country, that means we have purchased it through giving them food, medicine, money or our jobs. That is how we improve our image. WE BUY IT!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  56. Chicago Bob

    The Bush era is over. The world can see in our election that the US is still a free country and prepared to change to get along better. I am sure that the Obama candidacy helps our image too. If he is the nominee and becomes President, the world will see that as a sea change for the US and a positve development.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  57. Jed from Chico, CA

    America's image is improving abroad for the same reason Americans aren't focused on the war in Iraq anymore: apathy. People the world over just don't care about American imperialism that much anymore.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  58. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    That's an easy one. They know president Bush has only less than a year in office.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  59. James in Idaho

    Jack,
    I'm not sure that it has. I'm more inclined to believe it's in Limbo at the moment.

    Being able to mend our rep in the world... now that's going to take far more time, and far more results than what this or any surge has offered, and with far less bravado. I DO think we are gaining a lil bit, but that lil bit is tenuous, and it only takes four more years of another Bush to ruin it.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  60. Bruce St Paul MN

    George Bush has been our public face for seven years, and I think the world associates our actions with him personally. During this election season, people have been hearing other voices and plenty of opposition to the status quo. They probably see him as we do, a lame duck who can't hurt us for very much longer.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  61. Jerry Wilson

    Where did this improved image poll come from China? We owe China a trillion dollars, and buy everything they make, not to mention selling them our technology. Of course the poll could have come from Japan. We provide their security, and buy their cars, VCR's, and TV's. Mexico must like our image, half their population is moving here. How does our image fly in Iraq, Iran, or Saudi Arabia? Guess this image poll thing depends on who you poll.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  62. Jerry SCS Michigan

    They are beginning to realize that the present administration does not represent a majority of "Americans'" views . ..Plus us military guys do a lot of great PR work... all over the world.. when we're on leave...Well mostly great...I remember the time in.............No I better not say...The world is a great place...I recommend get out and see it!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  63. ajks

    For some unknown reason, people from other countries will not allow themselves to believe that Americans will be stupid enough to vote for a McBush where politics will continue on the same path as the last eight years. They believe that Americans will vote for change–and that foreign relations can only be better than what they are now.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  64. Patricia Robledo

    Our image is improving because other countries see that Americans are on the verge of picking a new president. One that will get us out of Iraq.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  65. Beth from Michigan

    America's image may be improving because other people know that we have term limits on the presidency, and, if they have been watching the news, they know that we want something different than what we have been putting up with (dare I say "change"?)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  66. Kathleen Parker - Knoxville, TN

    Having just returned from two months in Europe, I found that the number one issue people were excited about was the Presidential race and the fact that the world would finally see the end of George Bush and his policy disasters. Europeans are thrilled with the possibility that we might actually elect Barack Obama and once again become a country the rest of the world can admire and trust.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  67. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    Because they know GWB will soon be gone and things can only go up!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  68. Bob, VA

    That is easy, Jack; it is because they can finally see a light at the end of this loooong nightmarish political journey, with only seven more months to go for the next Prez election.
    They must have figured out that anyone else is better than the DISASTER currently in the W/H.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  69. sarah, indiana

    its simple jack, the whole world is starting to breathe a sigh of relief that the village idiot bush will no longer be the leader of the free world. and the puppetmaster chaney will no longer hold everyone hostage to his war jones

    April 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  70. Carol, Springfield, MA

    I believe that people are starting to realise that Americans are just like them. They don't like Pres. Bush too. The world probably thought that America as a whole liked the war that our President started in Iraq.

    Now with the election and the number of people surging towards the democrate they realizing that Americans are not all blood thirsty like Bush. They actually want to stop the war in Iraq.

    If the American people choose McCain as the next president and he will not leave Iraq then their image of America will once again deteriorate. The American dollar will go down too and the Euro will be the currency of the world.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  71. Dan, Washington DC

    I don't think it is improving. A 4%-5% swing from one poll to the next just means that you polled different people. I'd like to see the breakdown of this poll before making any conclusions. What countries did they select people from? Iraq? Germany? Djibouti? The Federated States of Micronesia? And 17,000 people is hardly a fair representation of 6.5 billion people. Polling 17,000 people would only be effective at telling us the opinions of a large city.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  72. Ruie - Brownstown, Michigan

    Jack: Just like us, the world knows it is about to take a collective sigh of relief on January 20, 2009.

    The thought of King George the Simple and Dick "I'm really a Death-Eater" Cheney not being in charge any more is within smiling distance!

    My only hope is that we not wake up the day after the election to the headlines from London reading yet again "How can 250 million people be so dumb!?", which could only mean that we have elected John McClone for a 3rd Bush term.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  73. Paul

    Because we didn't start any war in the past few years. Get back to me with polls after we start bombing Iran.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  74. Jay, Canada

    What a baited question...when you get rid of the worst leader a country has ever had, of course your image will improve....Duh! We all know that Captain Kaboom is leaving office, and things have nowhere to go but up. Seriously, could you actually elect people into power that would make America be hated MORE?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  75. Velle In Halifax

    Jack, since I live in Canada and have many more International sources of news, I can tell you what I hear. O-B-A-M-A!
    The World is waiting and watching and trusting that "WE" Americans have the sense to elect a President who wants to employ diplomatic channels, invite dialog with global leaders and seeks to work as a member of a Global Community instead of appointing himself or herself Godfather of said community. Make no mistake the World is waiting and already knows from whom it can expect "more of the same".

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  76. Chris Swansea, MA

    If its on the mend it is definetly heeling slowly. To give our image the boost people in this country REALLY deserve Bush and Cheney need to be procecuted, then when found guilty punished

    April 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  77. Gaz of Oz

    The only rational explanation for America's image improving overseas is the introduction in the U.S. of A of High Definition TV.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  78. J. Onofre - CA

    The world is paying attention to what happens here because we are very interconnected on every level. Whatever level of interest anyone has in the United States, they are fishing to gain from us somehow.

    They really want to know who will be the next US President.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  79. Randy James

    Making the world a better place for the wealthy has never been a popular thing. Feed the roots and the blossoms will take care of themselves.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  80. Jyothi, Mckinney, TX

    The upcoming elections are giving the people around the world some hope that they may see a better America. The world is tired of seeing a war-hungry america.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  81. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    I guess I look at a poll conducted FOR the BBC (whatever that means) as just another media clog in the artery of the main body. I believe if our image has improved, it is because we are about to elect a new president. The terrorists hope we elect Obama or Hillary, and the Iraqi people are praying we elect McCain. A poll from these groups would be much more interesting then a poll conducted by who-knows-who for the BBC.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  82. Michael inLorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't think so. The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all but mere necromancy. People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take a nation's pulse, you can't be sure that the nation hasn't just run up a flight of stairs. The world has become uglier since it began to look into a mirror every day; so we settle for the mirror image and do without an inspection of the original.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  83. Dan

    Jack-

    That's easy. Everyone knows Bush is on his way out.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  84. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, I thnk America's image is on the mend as the world sees us paying attention to our politics, which affect the globe, and promoting candidates that aren't oil-soaked corporatists. Maybe we can become the role-models we once were, rather than spacing out on American Idle [sic].

    April 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  85. Teddie

    Plain and simple they know we are fixing to unload the most hated president in history

    April 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  86. Dean in Los Angeles

    Of course. We're no longer a superpower, the way our economy is going. We're just like everybody else.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  87. Randy James

    Trying Bush and Cheney for war crimes would do wonders for our image, worldwide. Hanging them would gild that lily. Those 2 consequences would actually make sense, in this senseless war.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  88. Boureguard McKinney, Texas

    I am not exactly sure. No one asked me when that poll came around. I don't like any of those other countries either. Everyone has an opinion and if you live your life trying to live up to everyone else's opinion of you then you are not living your life at all. You are living theirs. Maybe next time one of those countries needs our help we should turn our backs on them. Or would that make our poll ratings go down again?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  89. Nuwan Sam

    Its called "Anticipation for change". People around the world know that less than a years time, US will have a new president, most likely a democrat who are usually have friendlier foriegn policy. So they are very hopeful that this aggression will end and there will be more peace. That hope is what we see in these new polls.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  90. tim

    our image is improving because george bush is on his way out and it will get better if we do not put another maniac in his place.obama sounds pretty good at this time.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  91. Curtis

    Jack

    I think the fact that Obama is in the mix for President has something to do with our improved image. He is viewed as a citizen of the world and that is to our advantage. It helps in Africa, Asia and Europe.

    Curtis
    Oxnard, California

    April 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  92. Amnesty is Treason

    i'm surprised it isn't still high; ALL THOSE JOBS BEING SHIPPED OVER THERE SHOULD OF HELPED!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  93. Herman LA, CA

    Can you imagine what would happen when Barack stands up and give that speech to the world that the United States is back? It will be televised around the globe; the stock market will go through the roof.

    Barack Obama 08!!!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  94. Patricia

    George Bush has nearly wrecked everything including our image over-seas. The Iraqi people, hell the entire Middle East is never going to forgive us for what we let that man to our planet.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  95. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    I don't think our image will be on the mend until we get the cowboys out of Washington. Other countries don't like us and think we are dumb to boot. With all the fair trade agreements we've made that hurt our own people they probably laugh at us. The rest of the world is probably wondering like most of us are why we jumped on Iraq. As many have said in the past, to retaliate for 911 it would have made just about as much sense to jump on Mexico as it did to jump on Iraq. Their involvement was probably the same amount, zero.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  96. Since you asked

    Is America's image on the mend?

    NO WAY! And it won't be until we get a new administration in there –
    and hopefully, it'll be Hillary. This job is a woman's specialty. They instinctively know how to dialog, smoothing out the rough spots, and immediately earning the respect of the other Heads of State.

    YES, a woman's touch is needed here...

    Look at all those who have preceded her over the years, Madeline Albright, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, and many others.
    It's time for a Matriarchy!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  97. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    The United States is like a big brother to many countries. we are the one country willing to step in and help weak countries. The ones that dont dont like us are just jelous of the freedoms we have. God Bless the USA.

    Dan
    Goodyear, Arizona

    April 2, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  98. John from Chicago

    Jack no way does the world see us any better then they did 5 years ago. Iraq has DESTROYED the credibility of the nation, and George W Bush is to blame for this. I cant believe he actually told our long time allies "your either with us or against us"... what a crock!

    Our next president has to call the world leaders to washington and apologize to the rest of the world and tell them THE DAYS OF COWBOY POLITICS IS OVER !

    April 2, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  99. Hazel, an American in London, England

    It's very simple – they can see a brighter future ahead if Obama becomes President. They know Bush is on the way out – they're counting the seconds. The world has its fingers crossed for Obama to win.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  100. Kimberly Kent, Peoria, Illinois

    Our image is improving simply because the rest of the world is eagerly awaiting January 2009 when Bush the Impeachable no longer resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  101. James

    If there is such a poll regarding this it is only because the quicker Bush and Cheney get out of office the quicker the image of this country will look! Nobody here or in any other country wants another republican in office for another 4 years!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  102. Tanilan

    I really don't think our image is on the mend. I think our image in the world is tarnished by the last 8 years of this administration. To fix it, will take years and years of change in the way American society thinks and how Washington operates

    April 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Jack,

    I got back to the USA last year after working abroad for several years.

    My first hand experience of our image overseas (in friendly countries!) is horrible. Foreign populations are so angry with us for forsaking the principles on which the USA was founded. It is amazing.

    The regular people on the street are sharply aware of Bush's administration hypocracies. They watch CNN all the time and see the moral decline of our nation. They are ashamed of us. Leadership gone wrong.

    The one thing that they still envy us for is that every four years we have the chance to oust the incumbents. Many of them still await that privilege.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  104. Chryssa

    Other countries are just as exicted about 2008 as we are. Obama's success in particular has sent a clear message to the rest of the world: we are NOT accurately represented by old, white, Christian men. That is not who America is, and we will no longer let them speak for us.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 2, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Greg in Leavenworth, KS

    Perhaps America's image is improving, but as a 14-year active duty military world-traveller who has talked with many foreign people I disagree that America's image is improving. Just do the math on the BBC's poll and compare it to the total world population. The BBC polled a very, very small portion of the world's population.

    Said another way, approximately 6,000 people (i.e. 35% of the 17,000 people polled) believe that America's influence is positive. Compare the 6,000 to the approximately 6.6 billion people (i.e the total world population) and you'll see that less than 1% of the total world population believes that America's image is improving.

    I wonder what the other 99.99% of the world population believes about America's image. Much to America's dismay my personal observations probably aren't too far out of the ball park.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  106. Brian Rich

    Jack,

    People around the world are inspired by the fact that Obama has gotten such a surge in support from Americans. Most of my foreign friends would never have thought that a minority with Islam in his distant family tree could ever have a shot at the White House. Add the fact that the war is immensely unpopular around the world and Obama is single-handedly improving how foreigners view our country, and he's not even in the White House yet!

    Brian
    Moscow, Idaho

    April 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  107. Leslie

    Three words: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Sandra from Texas

    Jack,
    They like us are beginning to see the end in sight of Bush and his cowboy diplomacy and mentality. Therefore, the rest of the world, like us is beginning to be a little more hopeful.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  109. chris in ny

    Gosh. Does this mean we won't have to pretend to be Canadians when we travel overseas anymore?

    April 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  110. Ed Chapman

    Jack, there is nothing to mend as far as this American is concerned! People in foreign countries all over the world trash this country on a daily basis, but these same people who yell "down with America" are usually the receipients of untold millions of dollars, food and medicine when their country has gone through a natural disaster! This American doesn't give a crap what other people think of this great country of ours! The one's running their mouths worldwide can't wait to get on a plane or boat and get over here! Yes the government of this country has done some things that were unwise in other foreign nations, but do not lose sight of the fact that the United States of America since it's founding has done everything it can to help people worldwide, and the same cannot be said for some foreign countries who continually trash this country! GOD BLESS AMERICA, and as far as the countries who cannot stand the United States, I could care less of their opinion of the USA!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  111. J. Onofre - CA

    If the world would hear more about Bush being wanted in the state of Vermont, our approval ratings could go up. If the rest of the states joined Vermont, the world would love us!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  112. Mike Nunn

    People are realizing that we will be getting rid of the most evil leader since Hitler. That has to cheer up the masses. I only wish that the World Court would try both Him and Cheney for war crimes, but that will never happen. Would be nice though.

    Mike Nunn
    Hot springs, Arkansas.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  113. W B in Las Vegas

    well I guess that when you have an American President that many in the world equate with some of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century (seen the signs at European protest rallies?) leaving office early next year, they think things will inprove.

    BUT if the two Democrates keep beating on each other, the world very well could get "More of the Same" John "Bomb-Bomb" McCain and THAT would be like "out of the frying pan into the fire"

    April 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Bernard Levy

    The negative views of the United States result from the actions of our government, especially Bush & Co. Citizens of other countries admire Americans. After all, we have suffered 7 years of Bush and Cheney. What we need to get a positive image for the country is a change in administration. I look forward to January 20, 2009. Perhaps a new president can reverse the extensive damage that Bush and Cheney have done to this country and its citizens.

    Bernard from Binghamton

    April 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  115. Kay C.

    It will take a long time Jack to undo the damage that has been done to America under the Bush/Cheney dictatorship. The prospect of the moving vans driving away from Washington in January is giving new hope to Americans, and to our European allies.That's step one. Our reputation on all fronts has been destroyed, so if we can make a rational choice in November(no third term), that would help. Regardless of what we do, it will be a long road ahead in the cleanup/restoration process. Let the healing begin!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  116. Rob G

    America’s image is improving in many countries overseas because more & more people in other countries are tuning in to the Cafferty File on CNN. Any country that has such a professional, talented, knowledgable & charismatic news personality can't be so bad. (How's that for brown-nosing Jack?)

    April 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  117. Anne of Medford, NJ

    I think there's many reasons with Bush leaving office being the most obvious. But, I also think it's because we have some very good representation out in the world like Al Gore with climate changes, celebrities bringing issues to the front regarding third world countries and maybe finally catching up with the rest of the world having non-white and non-make candidates for our leadership. But, the cynic in me says it b/c as someone said above maybe we've figured out that we all have to play together in the sandbox instead of trying to tell everyone else what to do- that and their economies go out as we ship out our jobs to them!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  118. Valentina in Hartford, CT

    Because they know we can't wait for our president to go.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  119. Barney, Napa, CA

    The folks in the "third-world", not unlike the rest of us, hate being treated like they are stupid. The US sells arms to anyone with enough money (or oil) to pay, but then we publically deny it. All the while the local governments make public what they have bought in a move similar to the military parades in the old Soviet Union. We are the ones that are stupid when we think the buyers won't display their latest purchase. We sold a lot of nasty stuff to Saddam hoping that he would use them against Iran to help punish them for taking the American hostages. When he stopped hostilities against Iran we wanted the unused stuff back to keep Saddam from selling them to folks to use against us. Enter the arms inspectors and then armed troops. Oops, looks like we were too late and now we are in a mess and the "missing" munitions are in new and unknown hands. The reason that our approval rating outside the US has improved is because we are no longer threatening Iran and Syria because Bush's administration has run out of steam and US public opinion is more focused on the Obama-Clinton brawl.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  120. Bruce (Las Vegas)

    When your this far down Jack, the only direction is up. All the aid to Africa probably has something to do with it. World also knows we'll be getting new president soon. Maybe they are just ahead of the curve.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  121. Clark, Milford, IN

    Simple, Jack
    In the lase 3 months I've been in asia and europe, and haven't talked to anyone who diddn't like Obama. They all wanted me to vote for him.
    They love him.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  122. Dawn, Washington

    I think it's probably just the furor dying down a bit from the descent we took upon going into Iraq. Not that these newer figures are much to be excited about (we're down towards the bottom between Russia and North Korea... swell). Of added interest, though, is what countries are dragging down those positive ratings. Take a look at Mexico, for example, with the lowest positive rating of 10%. India and Japan aren't far behind. And about 1/4 of the countries have a more positive view of us than we do ourselves. It's sad that we've squandered so much of our international goodwill.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  123. Chris S. Tallahassee FL

    It looks like people around the world are paying attention to this election. Most likely becuase of the rise of Barack Obama. He is the only canidate who actually experienced living in places like Indonesia. Christians, Muslims, Black, White, European, African, and many more around the world are rooting for him.

    Chris S. Tallahassee, FL

    April 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  124. Tom from Illinois

    The new poll shows a still overwhelmingly negative attitude towards Americans worldwide. It is barely different from the previous poll. Obama says America wants change, and many of us do, but the world wants it even more. His candidacy could be a factor in the perceived improvement, but the world isn't going to view us positively as long as they see our foreign policy as being based in self-interest.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  125. Chuck B Coastal NC

    I believe that if we have McCain in the white house, it will be more of the same. I don't believe that we are on the mending train yet. Wait till the election, then we will know if we are going to be mending anything at all.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  126. Pepou

    Knowing that Bush and his cronies are out of the door make people abroad feel much better. I live in Europe part of the year and it is a nice feeling not having to apologize.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  127. R. Lopez in South TX

    It'll be on the mend on November 5th (after election day)!! (Unless Hillary wins)

    April 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  128. Ron Hood River, Oregon

    If the poll is correct, we have to thank term limits. The world is much smaller these days thanks to the internet and satellite television. Our fellow Earth dwellers know that Americans view Bush as a failure and that McCain is just Bush in Uncle Fester disguise. They are sure that Americans will not reelect such failed policy's of the past!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  129. lisa

    First – Mr. Cafferty can I have a copy of your book?

    Second – The answer is YES. Change is coming and the world knows this!!! One way Obama, can clinche it, start saying MEMORY MATTERS; sometimes that's more important than judgement!!!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  130. Jon Olson, Austin, TX

    The simple excitement that Bush will be leaving office within a year boosts our image to some people. Its only a start, but hopefully the Democrats can begin repairing our image more come next January.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  131. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I think it's because the world sees we're on the verge of electing someone to the presidency who actually wants to talk to our enemies instead of bombing first and asking questions later. The rest of the world, like many Americans, have hope of a better tomorrow.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  132. Ellie, Florida

    Many citizens of other countries follow our politics because of the impact on their own countries. It is hard to imagine a time when our image seemed so bad – aside from a war started on false grounds, we market sex to children, have gone deeply into debt in order to continue to consume much more than our share of the world's resources, and we have shown contempt for the good advice of strong allies. The moral majority was screaming morality for years while they cheated and lied under the covers. We whine about jobs going overseas while we have 25% highschool dropout rates. I'd better quit. I'm getting depressed.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  133. greg

    I don"t believe polling 17000 people around the world is an accurate reflection on how people look at the United States. As a Canadian born baby boomer, I have always had a strong and positive affinity for the good old U.S of A. However Jack, I must warn you and your listeners that trouble is brewing within our midst. Recent immigrants as well as our younger generation of kids are becoming increasingly negative towards the policies and politics of the United States. Instead of seeing the similarities we have, they can only see our differences. Even our own politicians are to blame to a large extent for this belief, that somehow we are different.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  134. Mary Asheville NC

    You might think that they are looking forward to getting rid of Bush and his cronies; just hope we don't put another like his policies in charge, also we don't need another "on the job training".

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  135. onenibble

    Jack, it hasn't improved much. If Obama gets elected president it will hit bottom.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  136. Carherin Nesselrodt

    Should a person who will not pledge allegiance to the U.S. and will not place his hand on the Bible be a President of the United State of America???
    Keyser, WV

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  137. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Yes those polls could be correct Jack. However we should proceed with caution, the final story will be told when it is determined who will gain the white house. Not only will it be the party that will determine the over all story, the name of the president will also have a heavy impact as well as their platform and way of dealing with other countries.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  138. Joseph from Cooper City,FL

    Probably because its Republican politicians being polled, when they visit other countries.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  139. Cindy

    The world is also feeling the audacity to Hope... for a US president with integrity. I mean, honestly.. don't you think, that as McCain made his stops around the world, the people there were saying, "So, when's Obama coming? We're waiting to see him and what he can do, not this guy..."

    April 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  140. Heidi, Iona, ID

    It is a myth, no an outright lie, to say that the United States used to have a positive image around the world. We've never been well-liked and probably never will be.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  141. Dennis Yuen

    America's image can only improve if Obama wins the presidency: The world will continue to dislike American if McCain wins, and America internall will be too divided if Clinton is president

    April 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  142. Anonymous in the U.S.A.

    Jack, give me a break! There is no "why". The BBC polled 17,000 out of 6.6 billion people (i.e. the world population) in 34 out of 192 countries ,and 35% of the 17,000 (i.e. 6,000 people) believe that America's image is improving constitutes an improving trend? Not!

    That's like saying that Hillary should be handed the Democratic nomination since she won the "big" states even though she didn't win any other conceivable measure. And oh by the way, now that the Texas dust has settled, she didn't win that "big" state.

    There's a whole lot more that each individual American (which includes our politicians last time I checked) can do to help improve our image.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  143. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    Because they know that the "kill everyone who is not one of us" bush and his ilk are losing their grip on America's political scene.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  144. john marlton, nj

    35% positive ... remember that $20 million the military set aside for the mission accomplished party .. go get it ..break open the bubbly ...let's have a party .. I am so proud !!

    April 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  145. Diane Glasser

    Not until the Bush administration is out of office. His cronies will continue to tarnish our name. He will leaving office with a terrible legacy that will take years to repair. Diane G. from PA

    April 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  146. Iacov from Romania

    President Bush in in Romania now. We love him when he is here, we criticize him when he is not. It is a love/hate relationship. President Bush embodies what the average Romanian thinks of your country. Have his plane show up on our runway and we are all Republicans. As soon as it leaves, we go back to our Euro-centrist views. Is America's image on the mend? Who cares? It is still the place even the harshest critics that I know of in Romania want to live or visit.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  147. Chuck/Plain City, OH

    For it to be on the mend, something would have had to have happened to change the unfavorable opinion. We will not see any noticeable change until after a new administration can get in there and make something positive and substantive happen to change minds. Continuing the message of "100 years in Iraq" is certainly not that message!

    April 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  148. Gary

    Jack,

    America's image is improving for the simple fact that George Bush will soon be out of office and the sooner the better!

    Gary
    Riverside, Ca

    April 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  149. Leevaughn Brown

    Hey Jack
    It's because they have our jobs, cars, food, money and they can afford health care now.

    Or, they are the Americans that ripped us off and now living overseas.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  150. Michael, Marinette, WIsconsin

    We are like a big sore or wound and politicians walk by tearing the skin and people overseas walk by adding salt and President of United States walks by suggesting its just a fly bite. Ya little known by any that it is a rattle snake bite.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  151. Bill in New London, CT

    No, not at all. As long as the Republicans are playing "Team America: World Police," the rest of the world is going to feel like a the kid on the playground when the bully comes walking toward them. A wise man once said, "It's too hard to hold hands when your hands are fists!" It's a good thing President Obama is on the horizen to unite not only America but the world.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  152. Rick Shultz

    Jack,

    I lived in Europe in 1973 – 1974. America's involvement in Vietnam was winding down; and we read every day in the international press about Watergate. We did not exactly look good to the rest of the world then, either.

    Repetition has a numbing effect. When people read, hear, and see the same issues day after day, what was outrageous yesterday appears normal to many today. Apparently, that affects our friends around the world ... not just us.

    Rick Medina, OH

    April 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  153. stephanie

    The reason why american positive opinion is on the rise is because, now there is HOPE for a CHANGE! People see if nothing Else we are not going to settle for the same. as we grow nearer to change you will see a more higher opinion of america all over the world. stephanie /houston, tx

    April 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  154. Brett Milam

    Because they know Bush is leaving soon.

    -Brett
    Cincinati, Ohio

    April 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  155. J T - Alaska

    the other countries wanna see CHANGE, not another apprentice of president bush or another lying clinton. obama will be the right choice, like it or not.
    O
    B
    IS CHANGE
    M
    A

    April 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  156. Arthur

    Honestly , what the rest of the world thinks of us or me personally doesnt concern me one bit .
    I am sure some of them are rethinking their positions on us and some are feeling better simply because Bush wont be there no matter who is elected.

    But we shouldnt really care overmuch about the "world's " ( actually a few polls of limited numbers of people who may or may not have been coerced into their answers) opinion of us
    we should simply take care of our business and hold true to our values and national interest- after all , we are the good guys .

    April 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  157. JeninTexas

    alot of other countries have a women in leadership and they run smoothly. So they see light at the end of the BUSH tunnel. HILLARY/Edwards 08

    April 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  158. Walt Tindall, Bethlehem, Pa.

    The Clinton's, will do nothing for the people. Everytime they run is for personal gain for themselves. She was caught in at least 4 lies during the primary. If she gets the nomination and would beat John McCain, you are looking at the next antichrist.

    Walt Tindall

    April 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  159. Gene

    The only reason the image of the United States can be improving is that it is now well known throughout the world that most Americans disagree with the policies and the administration of our current president. One could add to that the number of citizens that our feel our current president is the worst in American history and his legacy will reflect that opinion. This image problem probably never would have come to pass if President Bush would not have come into office convinenced that as a country it was our mission to force all other non-democratic countries in the world to become democratic even if they did not know what that means nor were not familiar with the concept. This just proves again you can't force the idea of do as I say, not as I do.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  160. dave

    You know what they say about hitting rock bottom, you got nowhere to go but up.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  161. Jason L. - Raleigh, North Carolina

    America's image is somewhat improving because the U.S. approaches a new presidential election, views of the U.S. are being mitigated by hope that a new administration will move away from totalitarian policies that have been so unpopular in the international community.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  162. Bo form los Angeles, California

    Hi Jack,

    It must be an “anomaly.”

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Dirk

    Maybe because we see more Barack Obama & John McCain on tv nowadays than George W Bush & Dick Cheney.

    Dirk

    Frisia, one of the Netherlands

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  164. Norah of Ocala, FL

    Jack, our imagine is improving simply because people realize that the Bush Administration's Reign of Terror is, mercifully, coming to an end. Can I have an amen? Amen!

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  165. Claire, Melbourne FL

    We're re-bounding slightly because we are coming to the end of Bush and Cheney's stranglehold on Washington, and those overseas hope that we will once again as a nation find our souls and be the good and kind people we once were.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  166. Jean Hoyt

    Jack, the answer to this one is simple, there was no where to go but up.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  167. Optimistic

    Hi Jack,

    The reality that the next president of the United States could be either a woman or an African-American has given several nations reasons for pause. Many of them are holding their breath to see if it could REALLY happen or if it will be business as usual. If McCain wins, watch that number shoot right back down.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  168. Jeff - Chicago

    The "improving" view worldwide towards the U.S., although still not great, has been achieved in the past year's events. Other nations anticipate the day when the Bush administration waves goodbye and a new president is sworn in. The dropping violence in the Middle East made possible by the surge shows a faint image of success by our decision to invade in the first place.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  169. Ahabue Patrick, CA

    Jack,

    I guess we all got this question right. Bush is getting out and either Obama or Clinton have a good chance to get in

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  170. Bill, Wewahitchka, Fl

    Jack,
    The rest of the world knows that Bush and his cronies are on the way out. They also probably believe a Democrat may get elected,
    and this could be a refreshing change.
    Bill

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  171. Ian

    I believe that the Democratic presidental primaries are a key contributor to the rise in foreign opinion of the US. There is a more favorable view of how Obama will deal with the world and the name of Clinton has always been favorable since Bill was in office.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  172. Nancy

    Jack,
    It's because they know we are taking the country back; that we know about the lying; that most of us feel horrible about what this administration has done, and last, but not least, they see inspired potential leaders like Barck Obama on the horizon and that is reassuring.
    One can only HOPE!

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  173. Fiona Gamiet

    Hi Jack,

    America's image has improved because we are hopeful about Barack Obama and his conciliatory tone towards foreign policy. Talking to allies and enemies alike will bring more stability to the world. I think Canada is suffering from Obama envy. We wish we had a Prime Minister like him.

    This is a great opportunity for all of us. Fiona Gamiet, Vancouver, Canada

    April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  174. jo anne davidson

    My husband and I just returned from 2 weeks in Greece - at an Internet cafe in Arachova, a gentlemen asked where we were from - when I said USA - he raised his right arm, and with a big smile, said, "Obama yes!" I think that's the answer to your question.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  175. Bruce Brummitt

    It concerns me a great deal what the rest of the world thinks about us. It matters economically, it matters politically...it matters morally. We in the USA tend to be one of the most provincial peoples in the world...narcissistic, thinking that the universe revolves around us. Our debt monetarily and judicially in our decisions has placed us in a status of pariah...I'm so glad to see Bush/Cheney leave...and the weakening of the neo-con agenda. Talk about busting the budget....!!! The last time the Dems held the white house the budget actually got balanced while lifting all boats...and having the world be enthralled with us.

    I'm embarrassed...and ashamed that Bush/Cheney somehow managed to be selected twice, in contested elections, to rule this nation...I'm proud that we are talking about issues such as racism and sexism...and a real class struggle in this country. United we stand...and it is going to take a bi-racial man to bring us together...perhaps Hillary can lead the Senate.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  176. Jed - CT

    Jack this one is easy for me. Since our dollar is so weak, the europeans can now travel here at a huge discount. I'm sure they've figured this out and must be having some of their best vacations ever.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  177. David Olson

    The image of the United States is improving abroad for several reasons. The rest of the world is ready for a new leader who will swipe the slate clean. The past seven years have been hard not only on Americans, but on all the struggling nations. The future is starting to look bright with the upcoming elections in November.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  178. JoAnne Stier

    Of course America's image is improving – people all over the world think maybe Obama will be elected President. For the first time in years and years people all over the world have hope that some change is possible in what has become the world's chief executive – the American President. We are soooooo sick of the same old, same old – of the lies, the spin, the smarmy, self-serving hypocricy which has characterized so much of recent American politics and seems to be the hallmark of neo-con Republican policy. Oh, please, let us hope. JoAnne Stier – Barcelona, Spain

    April 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  179. Matt

    I find it insulting that our government refers to 2003 as an 'anomaly' because it was anything but! As long as U.S. military presence is felt as an occupying force around the world, those poll numbers of America's influence in the world will never reach the 80th or 90th percentile, like they could and should be. But just like big brother, the chocolate rations have been increased to 25 grams per week, and the world's view towards us is becoming more receptive.

    -Matt from Iowa City, IA

    April 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  180. Beverly Tom Bean Tx

    Because God still sheds his grace on us and crowns our good with brotherhood from sea to shining see , and mends our ever flaw.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  181. Meaghan

    The appearance of America took a huge blow thanks to Bush as we all know, but thankfully is rebounding to what I think is the strong desire for change in government. America always calls itself the greatest nation, which as my experience as a regular traveler, doesn't go down well in a place like England. I think that since the Democratic candidates have enough guts to speak out against the current administration's obvious flaws, other countries finally have someone to agree with. I anticipate the day when I can travel to foreign countries without being called a 'damn yank,' hopefully thanks to Barack Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  182. Bill from New Mexico

    Jack,

    I don't think there's a "why". The difference is within the sampling error. It's probably another of those "anomalies". I suspect there will be a rather significant improvement on or around 20 January 2009 when our long national nightmare finally ends.

    Bill
    New Mexico

    April 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  183. john j. grimes

    35 people out of a hundred around the world look at America in a favorable light as compared to 31 a couple of years ago. Bush must be correct when he says that "the surge is working".

    April 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Nick Neely

    Simply its improving because pres. Bush is doing what should have been done 4yrs ago, he "talking" to the country leaders. Even though he says its not smart to do so maybe just maybe this nation wouldn't be seen today as it is.

    Nick
    Mississippi

    April 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Adam - State College, PA

    Jack – Our image is improving because these countries are finally seeing that our people are not like our leadership. While the majority of Americans were gullible enough to fall for George Bush's scare tactics in 2004, the International community is now seeing that even those who fell for Bush's scare tactics in '04 now disagree with Bush's policies as well. They're especially seeing our presidental candidates, particurally Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, and they are smelling and loving the same fresh air just as much as we are as Americans. Even John McCain, with his laid back personality, is a breath of fresh air compared to Bush.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  186. Dave from Canada

    By electing or even showing the possibility of electing a man named Barack Obama, America is sending a message to the rest of the world. It is insipring that Americans saying they disagree with the policies and direction their government has taken over the past 8 years. More importantly the World is exicited at that prospect to have such a brilliant, pragmatic, caring and inspiring World Leader, Barack Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  187. Hank McWilliams

    Americas image is improving abroad because the world now realizes that most Americans are embarrassed and humiliated by their present government's loathsome impact on the world - the entire world looks forward to a more honest American government this time around.

    Hank McWilliams
    Prague, Czech Republic

    April 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  188. Olaitan Eyiowuawi

    I think the reality of increased gas prices and the credit crunch has humbled americans so much to make them see life beyond the pacific and atlantic coasts. A welcome departure from the past.

    More importantly, the rest of the world can only watch with admiration america's historic extraordinary capacity to swing from "the bizarre" to "the inspiring", Bush to Obama? and JFK to Johnson. Not many country will afford an Obama its greatest civic priviledge. Loathe or like America, it remains a model state for the rest of the world.

    "More than warships and spy planes, Americans need an image makeover. Its soul should wrestled from the war-mongers and military contractors.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  189. Mark from Iowa

    Each day we get closer to bush leaving office the more the rest of the world will see us in a favorable light. Most people in the world don't hate us as people, just our government, this one more so than most

    April 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  190. Tom in Canada

    Your image is improving. Not because of the war in Irag, in spite of it, because you did not "cut and run" afterwards. There is a lot to say for finishing what you start, even if what you started was not popular. Staying to help people recover has got to count for something.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  191. Shafi Alam

    Alam
    Austin, Texas

    Jack, people outside the United States of America also are watching the candidates talking in the election process through CNN and the channels in their own countries. They see the big crowd around specially Barack Obama and understand that the American people are not bad. That is one of the best reasons for America’s image improving in many countries overseas.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  192. paul- nashville indiana

    Jack: It is a simple mathematical equation. As the amount of time George Bush has left in office decreases, the international support for the US increases.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  193. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Somebody slap me across the face the day I actually believe any poll in the first place. How can anyone even believe any poll? Even if I did believe that polls were real and not just a way to manipulate the public, what does it really count for anyway. People around the world don't hate us, they just hate our government. Just like us.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Malcolm Hughes

    Our image is improving but only slightly. That's because the world population can see a ray of hope and a future for the USA again as world leader. But it is only a glimmer. The folks see promise in the Democratic candidate and remain hesitant until the final vote is in in November, holding their collective breath for fear of another 4 years of Bush with McCain.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Roderick

    Jack...those approval numbers are probably inching up because the COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF GEORGE BUSH celebrations are just around the corner. Party on!!!

    April 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  196. Ken St. Paul MN

    Here's a theory: After 8 years of the Bush administration, maybe they"ve just lowered their expectactions of what America stands for...

    April 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  197. Yaser

    The American image overseas is greatly improving for two reasons. (1) The democrats have control over Capitol Hill, which means more control over President G.W. Bush and his irrational decision making. (2) The democrats will soon have control over the executive office. Do you need any further explanations?

    April 2, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  198. David

    Because we're about to get rid of the dim-wit that's been dictating this countries actions for 7 years. C'mon Jack, ask something more challenging to answer next time like, why is Bush in office instead of Gore in the first place?

    April 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  199. Peter Maier

    Jack,

    The reason of the US gaining popularity is related to the Obama phenomenon impacting many foreign countries, as published in foreign papers.
    The expectations levels in those countries are very high for an Obama presidency, but personally I am afraid that when it comes to electing a black person, many Americans will hesitate in the voting boot and vote for the status quo candidate. Similar as what happened to Mc Govern in 1974. Let’s hope history will not repeat itself,
    Peter Maier
    Stansbury , UT

    April 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  200. David Walls Tampa Fl.

    Jack, I really think it's because other countries feel that a democrat will likely be the next president. I also believe that Obama is the underlying positive influence. Some opponets blame his success on his personality However, personality can bring people together . Personality can make people join your cause. Personality can make qualified advisers want to be part of your winning team. I also believe that Obama's personality will make other countries open to compromise on heretofore stonewalled issues. If you can bring people together you can bring countries together. First you have to do away with the arrogance this country exzudes i.e. I'm too superior to talk to you unless you kiss my A... first. DW tampa Fl.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  201. Justin

    The Bush team has turned to disaster almost anything that they have touched in the past 7 years: Iraq, Afganistan, Katherine, Middle East,etc etc. His "elephant in a porcelain shop" type of dimplomacy is really scary to us, the rest of the world. Since this achievement is difficult to top, we are getting more optimistic, and hoping that he will not do anything until his term ends.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  202. Carol Macherey

    I think it's, at least in part, because of our current presidential election. The world is watching this unfold, and having such a diverse field of candidates is a BIG plus in the eyes of the world, and reflects favorably on the US.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  203. cathy

    I can think of two possible explanations. First, they're watching our elections and recognize that America does not support the administration that caused their disgust. What they dislike is George Bush and his cronies. I can't help but wonder what the results would have been if they were asked about their opinion of the Bush Administration...probably not so good. And the other explanation might be that tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber are on their way out!

    Cathy in California

    April 2, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  204. Gerardo

    We're also seen as a bigger threat to peace, ahead of Iran.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  205. Norma Ryder, Hoffman Estates, IL

    Our image is improving, Jack? I guess I'm very nieve as I still think the rest of the world still thinks we are too arrogant (Bush's fault) & I don't blame them. Hopefully, our next president , having charisma, will bring our status up to where it use to be & get us on our feet again economically too.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  206. Alexander Gross

    As an American who grew up in a European family, I think viewers need to understand that opinions about the US were never entirely positive even at their best. Europeans have
    always viewed the US as a provincial but dangerous rival and wanted to believe that all Americans are unsophisticated barbarians. Now that both a woman and a Black man could
    suddenly become president, our PR image has taken a slight turn upwards. But this may be seen as no more than a blip unless strenghthend by subsequent events. Way back in 1525, when the first reports of the New World reached Spain, all the Americas were viewed alternately as a vast terrestrrial paradise and/or a horrendous pit of unspeakable barbarism. In some ways it's still the same today.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  207. Patsy

    Jack, I think George Bush should be forced to read all of these blogs. Or at least be forced to have someone read them to him. In case he can't read. Patsy in Ne.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  208. John Kelty

    If indeed this information is correct, that America's image worldwide is on the mend, then I can only think of one reason to attribute this fact to: America without Bush and his corrupt administration.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  209. Dare in Czech Republic

    I wonder how this polls are collected, because i think the american image to the rest of the world has been on continuous decline since the attack on iraq. But if the polls were to be true, there is only one reason, which is the AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION as it is the best so far and its extensive coverage has given the rest of the world hope that something good is going to come after Bush and most probably it will be the best:OBAMA.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  210. Carla from Allen Park, MI

    People in countries all around the world are getting a chance to hear the discussions among the campaigns for president; and they also hear the questions American citizens pose to the candidates and the roars of approval when the Democratic candidates speak of using diplomatic means short of force in dealing with other countries. In particular, they hear Obama speak of changing the temper and tone of the conversations, not demonizing our opponents but recognizing our common goals and hopes. They are hearing and seeing a new view of us as we look toward a better future for our country. They are happy to see us turn toward leading by example, not by bullying rhetoric and military force.

    April 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  211. Roy of Redding, Calif.

    Karri, of Minnesota said it best:

    "That’s an easy one……Because the era of the Bush administration is over. That’s if McCain doesn’t get elected."

    April 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm |