Polls: US Image Abroad Has Rebounded Since Biden Took Office

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, early Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)

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The United States’ image around the world has improved sharply since President Joe Biden took office, according to new surveys conducted in 16 countries, including many long-standing allies of the U.S.

The Pew Research Center surveys show majorities of the citizens across the countries — more than 6 in 10 in each — express confidence in Biden to “do the right thing” in world affairs.

Biden arrived in Britain on Wednesday on the first leg of his first overseas trip, hoping to reestablish the United States’ global standing and reinforce partnerships with key European allies.

Favorable ratings of the U.S. have started to rebound after declining considerably during Donald Trump’s four years as president, growing as much as 30 percentage points since last year in partner nations like France and Germany. In 2020, positive views of the U.S. reached or neared low points in these two countries, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

In France, for example, 65% now have a favorable view of the U.S., up from 31% last year. No more than half in France rated the U.S. positively during Trump’s presidency, but at least 6 in 10 had during each of Barack Obama’s eight years as president.

And 74% of the public in France say they have confidence in Biden, a Democrat, to do the right thing regarding world affairs, compared with just 11% saying that for Trump, a Republican, last year. Across 12 countries surveyed in both 2020 and 2021, the gap in confidence in the two presidents is at least 40 percentage points — in Biden’s favor in all 12.

Biden seeks to reaffirm to allies his commitment to the U.S. role abroad, which stands in contrast to Trump’s “America First” approach. Biden will initially meet with Group of Seven leaders before continuing on to Brussels for a NATO summit, a meeting with heads of the European Union and several face-to-face meetings with other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

Even as the U.S. global standing is rosier among the citizens of these nations around the world, Biden faces challenges as he looks to transition the U.S. out of the Trump era. The surveys find many nations skeptical of the U.S., both as a global partner and as a functioning democracy.

No more than 2 in 10 across the 16 countries say the U.S. is a “very” reliable partner, with majorities in most calling the U.S. “somewhat” reliable. In Canada, France, Spain and Greece, roughly a third say the U.S. is not reliable as a global partner.

Germany is the only nation surveyed where a majority say relations with the U.S. will improve in the next few years. Across most other countries, more think the relationship will stay the same rather than get better.

The state of U.S. democracy also earns mixed reviews around the world. In Canada, for example, 6 in 10 say the political system in the U.S. does not work well, as do about two-thirds of Australians and New Zealanders. About 4 in 10 in France and Spain say the U.S. democracy is working poorly, compared with slim majorities who say it does work at least somewhat well. In Germany and the U.K., people are closely divided.

And majorities across most of the 16 countries say the U.S. democracy “used to be a good example, but has not been in recent years.”

(AP)


8 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t believe these polls for a second! An incompetent president that is selling out America, a vice president who thinks everything is a joke and just giggles. Increasing inflation, crime, and the bizarre critical race theory nonsense —- the world is laughing at America!

  2. Oh, garbage. Who cares what the public in those countries thinks? Their opinions are irrelevant. The ama-debar in those countries resent and despise America, so of course they want us to have a president who is for them and against his own country.

    They don’t respect him, any more than they respected 0bama. They like him precisely because he doesn’t command respect.

    He’s our president, not theirs, and that means his duty is to uphold our interests, not theirs. And he is betraying that duty.

  3. Apparently, the world is more confident it will be first in line to benefit from the Biden presidency as opposed to when Trump was president when it was “America first”. Doesn’t show much as far as the US is concerned. I believe the polls.

  4. “US Image Abroad Has Rebounded Since Biden Took Office”

    Translation: Europe can go back to sleep and China, Russia and Iran can breathe easy now.

  5. World opinion of our president does not matter much, but world leaders’ opinions of our president does matter. And you don’t find out about those opinions with polls of anybody but world leaders.

    I would be curious to know what YWN readers think of the current and the prior First Ladies. Ms. Biden looks like a middle-class woman. Ms. Trump looked like … well, I would rather not say, and YWN’s editors would rather I did not say, either.