America’s reputation among some allies has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two decades, according to a global survey.
The Pew Research Center poll results reflect public perceptions of the United States in 13 countries.
Positive views of the United States have fallen to a median of 34% in the countries surveyed and to just 16% confidence in President Trump.
An overwhelming majority – 84% – said the United States had mismanaged the coronavirus.
Although favorable views in the United States have waned in recent years, in 2020 perceptions in several countries were the lowest Pew had seen since polls began on the subject some 20 years ago.
In only one country surveyed – South Korea – the majority of the public had a favorable opinion of the United States. Only a quarter of Germans and less than a third of French view the United States in this way.
The majority of the public in all the countries surveyed did not trust Mr Trump, with Belgians expressing the most skepticism – only 9% said they trusted the US president.
The president’s highest rating among the countries polled was in Japan, where a quarter of those polled said they trusted Mr. Trump.
Less than one in five Britons trusted the American leader, and only 41% said they had a favorable view of the country, 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, in Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The results of the inquiry come as long-term questions swirl over US leadership on the world stage and the country continues to fight the coronavirus. The United States has recorded more than 6 million cases and nearly 200,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Dr Richard Wike, Director of the Pew Inquiry, said: “What we have seen in our survey over the past few years is that many people around the world are seeing the United States moving away from a leadership position in world affairs, and this negatively impacts what they think of the country. ”
This year, the momentum was confirmed through the pandemic, as evidenced by the investigation.
Despite the trend, however, “people haven’t 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. “