Remember when Obama was going to “restore” America’s respect around th world?”
The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
Democracy Corps and Third Way lean just a tad to the left, which makes this next bit absolutley hilarious:
“This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office,” said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.
It was surprising – the the same way it shocked us that Milli Vanilli wasn’t all that talented.
But the numbers apparently were bad enough that even DN/3W couldn’t whitewash ’em:
On the national security front, a massive gap has emerged, with 50 percent of likely voters saying Republicans would likely do a better job than Democrats, a 14-point swing since May. Thirty-three percent favored Democrats.
“The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin,” the pollsters said in their findings.
A dedicated lefty might respond “yeah, but that’s just polling Americans”. True – which is something the poll has in common with Presidential elections.
More importantly, though? The whole “America lost respect during the Bush years” meme also pretty much polled only Americans. Most foreigners who answer public opinion polls hate America, while a significant subset simultaneously hope to immigrate…