Before we get to the poll data let’s look at the type of things that have caused other nations to think less of us. There was a time where the world could look at our C.D.C. for guidance and truth and science. Not any more and it is because the Trump administration now controls the information. For example, C.D.C. scientists didn’t write the virus testing guidance on its website last month, and it was published against their objections, officials said.
The Pew Research Center found, in a survey of 13 countries, that America’s current standing in the world has dropped to unimaginable lows.
In 2020, Only
- 26 percent of Germans,
- 30 percent of the Dutch,
- 31 percent of the French,
- 33 percent of Australians and Swedes,
- 35 percent of Canadians, and
- 41 percent of the Japanese and British
Have a favorable impression of the United States.
- The U.S. favorability rating ranged from a low of 57 percent (Germany) to a high of 72 percent (Japan).
- Only 15% of respondents give the United States good marks on the pandemic.
- China’s handling of the pandemic is more than twice as popular.
- Trump is more unpopular than Russia’s Vladimir Putin or China’s Xi Jinping.
- Eighty-three percent of respondents in U.S. allies have no confidence in America’s president.
- Only 16 percent trust him to do what is right in world affairs.
A new survey out Thursday from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that most Americans reject Trump’s isolationist, protectionist policies.
- 62% say that the lesson of covid-19 is that we need to “coordinate and collaborate with other countries to solve global issues.”
- 68% say it would be better “for the future of the country if we take an active part in world affairs.”
- 65% say that globalization is “mostly good” for the United States.
The majority of Americans are in favor of free trade, alliances and international leadership — the traditional pillars of America’s post-1945 foreign policy.
- 60% of Republicans now support for NATO.
- 85% of Democrats now support NATO
- 21% of Republicans now view climate change as a threat.
- 75% of Democrats now view climate change as a threat
- 40% of Republicans are now concerned about Russian power.
- 57% of Democrats are now concerned about Russian power.
- 61% of Republicans now are concerned by large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into the U.S.
- 13% of Democrats now are concerned by large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into the U.S.
Democrats want to address the United States’ internal problems and take an internationalist approach to foreign policy.
Republicans favor a nationalist, unilateralist approach while denying that America needs to address serious flaws such as racial or income inequality.
Republicans are far more friendly toward Russia, and far more hostile to NATO, than they used to be. However, 40 percent still see Russia as a critical threat and 60 percent still support NATO.
Most independents are closer to the Democrats than they are Republicans on foreign policy.