America’s reputation on the global stage appears to have had a significant rebound since former President Donald Trump left office, and President Joe Biden became commander-in-chief, according to a Pew Research Study released Thursday.
As Biden in Europe seeks to repair relations with America’s allies, the vote showed that more countries in the region like the current president more than the previous one. A median of 75 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Biden compared to 17 percent for Trump last year, according to the survey
In the UK, for example, 64 per cent of respondents said they view the US positively, up from just 31
Similar improvements of 25 percentage points or more were found in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, according to the study compared to Trump.
The results showed that of the 16,254 people in 16 countries surveyed in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific between March and May, more than 60 percent said they trust Biden to “do the right thing” in world affairs.
Biden arrived in Britain on Wednesday for a series of meetings with world leaders, intending to emphasize the message of his first trip abroad as president: “The United States is back.”
“Our alliances were not built by coercion or maintained by threats. They are based on democratic ideals, a common vision for the future where every vote matters,” Biden said after landing in the UK.
The majority in each country surveyed gave Biden positive marks. Overall, a median of 74 percent has confidence that Biden is “doing the right thing” in world affairs, according to Pew.
Pew conducted the survey between March and May in 12 to 16 countries, depending on the questions. They include: Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan.
The survey showed that many in the 16 countries surveyed still consider the United States as a “somewhat reliable partner.” No more than 20 percent of respondents said the United States is a “very reliable partner.” Reliability is highest in the Netherlands, where 80 percent say the US is somewhat or very reliable. Seventy-five percent of respondents in Australia and Japan both said the United States is somewhat or very reliable. But 44 percent in Taiwan and 43 percent in Greece say the United States is not much or not at all reliable, the survey found.
But attitudes toward the United States still vary by country. For example, only about 50 percent of the population in Singapore and Australia have a positive view of the United States, and only 42 percent of New Zealanders like the United States, according to the survey. And the advantage in Taiwan is slightly down from 68 percent to 61 percent compared to a Pew poll in 2019.
Biden is expected to reassure America’s allies that democracy is strong in the United States during his trip, which comes months after global audiences and foreign leaders raised questions about his government following the January 6 uprising. However, a median of only 50 percent of those polled in the Pew survey said they believe American democracy works well.
However, the study noted that attitudes toward the United States ebb and flow as administrations change.
Pew noted that when former President Barack Obama took office in 2009, favoritism increased compared to the George W. Bush administration. Similarly, when Trump entered the White House in 2017, favoritism experienced a sharp decline. For example, a median of 34 percent of respondents in 12 nations had a favorable overall view of the United States last year, the survey found. Now a median of 62 percent of nations holds the United States in glowing respects.