ITV News Obama Poll

A public opinion poll commissioned by ITV News.

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Date Published
22 May 2011

Further Description

ComRes/ ITV News poll : 70% say Barack Obama doing a better job than his predecessor, George W Bush

On the first day of Barack Obama’s European tour an ITV News/ ComRes poll reveals the US President retains high levels of goodwill among the British public, but there remain question marks over his record on foreign affairs.

The exclusive ComRes poll for ITV News found seven in ten who think that Obama is doing a better job than Bush did as US President, compared to just 8% who disagree. Other findings:

• 60% of people believe Obama is providing to be a good President of the United States, 14% do not.
• Three in 10 (29%) think Obama has not lived up to the expectations they had when he was first election, but 46% of people disagree.

• The killing of Osama Bin Laden has had a positive impact on President Obama’s reputation - 39% say their opinion of him improved as a result of the operation he ordered in Pakistan.

• The public is divided over both his handling of both Afghanistan and the Middle East: 34% say he is doing a good job of managing the situation in Afghanistan (30% disagree), while 34% say he is doing a good job handling the situation in the Middle East (26% disagree).

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2028 GB adults online between 20th and 22nd May 2011.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults.  ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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