WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The findings of a recent poll show that, for the first time, the majority of Americans do not feel that President Barack Obama is respected on the world stage.
Researchers involved with the Gallup poll found that 53 percent of people in the United States feel other countries do not respect Obama – a figure which indicates a significant decline in faith on the matter from just last year.
In 2013, 51 percent of Americans felt that Obama was revered by leaders of other powerful nations.
“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,” a release on the poll’s findings noted.
It continued: “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.”
A fall in the number of positive responses from Democrats and independents was largely attributed for the decline.
“Independents now, by a wide margin, believe world leaders do not respect Obama,” researchers specifically indicated. “Republicans were already largely convinced world leaders don’t respect the president.”
The change was discovered by Gallup while conducting its annual World Affairs poll.
A reported 1,023 American adults selected at random for participation were involved in the study, which was carried out between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 of this year.