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America More Respected Internationally Now Than In 2008

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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America is respected more internationally now than it was eight years ago, a fact President Barack Obama emphasized during his speech endorsing Hillary Clinton for president at the Democratic National Convention on July 27.

"Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office," said Obama during his widely-praised speech, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Three different polls from Gallup, Pew Research Center and BBC World Service confirm that favorability ratings of the U.S. have gone up during the past eight years, according to Politifact.

Gallup found in a survey of 130 countries that 45 percent of them approved of the U.S. in 2015, compared to 34 percent in 2008. Pew and BBC World Service found a similar increasing trend in approval ratings; Pew's survey showed a 26 percent increase and BBC World Service had a seven percent jump over the eight year span. 

Obama's speech addressing the Democratic National Convention focused on the progress made under his presidency and how Trump is fear mongering the American public into voting for him.

"America is already great," said Obama, per the LA Times. "America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

"[Trump is] just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear," he went on. "He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election." 

Trump denied that America has made any progress under the Obama presidency. He took to Twitter after the President's speech, saying: "President Obama spoke last night about a world that doesn't exist. 70% of the people think out country is going in the wrong direction."

Trump additionally posted to Facebook, again slamming Obama's implication that America is already great.

"Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair," he said.

Although foreign countries do view America in a more favorable light than they did eight years ago, Politifact mentions that it is unclear if these same countries see America as stronger or more worthy of respect, as Obama claimed in his speech.  

Sources: Politifact, Barack Obama via Los Angeles Times, Donald Trump/Twitter, Donald Trump/Facebook / Photo Credit: Austen Hufford/Flickr

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