America’s reputation among some allies has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades, according to a global survey.
The results of the poll by the Pew Research Center reflect the public perception of the United States in 13 countries.
Positive attitudes toward the United States have dropped to a median of 34% in the countries surveyed and only 16% confidence in President Trump.
An overwhelming majority – 84% – said the United States has handled coronavirus poorly.
Although favorable views on the United States have declined in recent years, perceptions in several countries in 2020 were the lowest that Pew had seen since it began voting on the subject about 20 years ago.
In only one country surveyed – South Korea – did a majority of the US public view positively. Thus, only a quarter of Germans and less than a third of French men and women view the United States.
The majority of the public in each country surveyed did not trust Mr Trump, with the Belgians expressing the most skepticism – only nine per cent said they trusted the US president.
The president’s highest rank among the countries surveyed was in Japan, where a quarter of respondents said they trusted Mr Trump.
Fewer than one in five Britons trusted the U.S. leader, and only 41% said they had a positive view of the country, which is a nadir for the survey.
The Pew Global Attitudes Survey of 13,273 people was conducted from June to August in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The results of the study come when long-term questions swirl over America’s leadership on the global stage, and as the country continues to fight coronavirus. The United States has registered over 6 million cases and nearly 200,000 deaths due to Covid-19.
Dr. Richard Wike, director of the Pew study, said: “What we have seen in our poll over the last few years is that many people around the world are seeing the United States step down from a leading position in world affairs, and it had a negative impact on what they think of the country. ”
This year, the momentum has been carried out by the pandemic, as reflected in the study.
Despite the trend, “people have not necessarily given up on the United States,” said Dr. Wike. “They still want the United States to play a leading role on the international stage.”