LONDONR (AP) The international reputation of the United States has fallen further after its treatment of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research Tuesday from the Pew Research Center.
In some of the 13 countries surveyed, favorable U.S. views have fallen to record levels. Pew started polls on this topic almost two decades ago.
Although the international image of the US has been declining since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, Pew revealed that it was further damaged by what is perceived to be a poorly handled response to the pandemic. Pew found that an average of only 15% of respondents say the US has done a good job during the crisis, in contrast to perceptions about the World Health Organization or the European Union, both of which enjoy majority approval.
Although new infections in the US appear to have moderated in recent weeks, the country has the highest official virus-related death rate in the world at around 195,000 deaths. Much of the blame internationally seems to have been thrown at Trump’s door. The president has raised eyebrows around the world in recent months with some of his comments on the virus and how it should be treated.
The international downturns that Pew appreciated were widespread, including among traditional U.S. allies. In the UK, for example, Pew found that only 41% of people express a favorable opinion of the US, the lowest rate recorded.
In France, only 31% view the US positively, matching the low level recorded in 2003 when the two countries were at odds over the US-led war in Iraq. Germans are particularly negative in their views of the US, with only 26% of respondents viewing the country favorably, slightly above the 25% level in 2003, when Germany, like France, opposed the war in Iraq.
Of the countries surveyed, only South Korea was found to have a majority of people with a favorable outlook for the US, with 59% support.
Pew also praised the views surrounding Trump, who is facing a fierce re-election battle in November against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Presidents’ ratings were low, especially in Belgium, where only 9% of respondents had a favorable outlook for Trump. The Japanese were the most positive, although only there 25% expressed confidence in Trump.
Pew said attitudes toward Trump have consistently been far more negative than those toward his predecessor, Barack Obama, particularly in Western Europe. She said that in the UK, Spain, France and Germany, ratings for Trump are similar to those received by George W. Bush near the end of his presidency, when his reputation was damaged by violence in Iraq, as well as the start of global financial crisis.
Trump was also perceived in a more negative light than other world leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the most support, with an average of 76% of people in all nations surveyed who trusted her. French President Emmanuel Macron also received mostly favorable ratings while those against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were more mixed. Pew also found that ratings for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were extremely negative as well, though not as negative as Trumps.
The collected Pew said it used data from national representative surveys of 13,273 adults from June 10 to August 3, in Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Japan and Korea. of the South. Due to pandemic restrictions, all surveys were conducted by telephone.
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