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Do you think incoming US President Barack Obama will make positive changes to your life?
The results are in
January 25, 2009 1:34 by Aarti Nagraj
When US president Barack Obama took his oath, there was a general feeling hope going around; people around the world seemed to believe that all will be alright again.
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said in his inaugural speech.
“We hope this encouraging statement, coupled with a change in America’s previous policies toward the Muslim world, will help improve our nation’s image and promote a safe and prosperous future for all of humanity,” Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations told Reuters.
So we decided to ask our readers if they think Obama is going to change their world, for good. Not surprisingly, nearly 15 percent felt that the new US President would bring about direct positive change to their lives, while the majority, 36 percent believed that he will make positive changes indirectly. However, 30 percent of respondents claim that Obama will not make a positive change to their lives at all. A further 11 percent said that he will actually make their lives worse.
Finally, 7 percent of the voters asked “Obama who?”
While he may or may not change your life, it is difficult to ignore Obama. The African-American President has just announced a new Middle East envoy to help resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, and has promised to end the war in Iraq. His measures to revive the US economy could also help to stabilize the economic slowdown across the world.
But will the new president keep his promises for change?