According to Gallup’s annual World Affairs poll conducted Feb. 6-9, the number of Americans thinking the world leaders respect Obama went from 51% in 2013 to 41% in 2014. Those who do not think world leaders respect Obama increased from 43% in 2013 to 53% in 2014.
More Americans seem to have poorer opinions of Obama probably due to his handling of the international affairs. His credibility’s decline resulted perhaps by his decisions in Syria, Russia-Ukraine conflict, his dealings with Israel and the surveillance revelation by The Guardian, a British Newspaper, whose informer was a former NSA contractor.
Obama’s job approval was declining during the entire year of 2013. It started from 52% in January and ended at around 41% in December. There is even a possibility that the rate may still go down the following year.
In an almost radical move last year, Obama envisioned a turn around and tried to take matters into his own hands before the 2014 Congressional Elections. As David Dreyer, a former Clinton speechwriter, told TIME,
“… he (Obama) will give Congress a choice: work with me or I will go around you. ‘He’s setting up the choice and saying to Congress: Here’s what I can do and will do, and here’s what I can’t do without you,’…”
In Dreyer’s analysis, Obama intended to trim the hedges and cut the lawn like the best zero turn mower pushing productivity, increasing opportunities and social mobility. He will try with or without the help of congress and try to help win the congressional seats for the Democratic Party in the 2014 elections. Else, he will truly become a lame duck for the rest of his term if the GOP wins a majority in the elections.
It is almost the summer of 2014 now and Obama’s efforts have not changed the American perception of the increasing distrust of other nations of U.S. ability to extend help should another problematic situation arise. They fear it will be just like the way Obama handled Syria, Ukraine and Iran.
Even friendly nations seem uncertain of the U.S. stand if problems arise also in Asia. Obama even had to promise them of U.S. defense and support during his visit to Japan and the Philippines in his Asian tour.