- Biden is dramatically extra in style all over the world than former Trump was, in line with new Pew polling.
- In 12 international locations Pew surveyed, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden.
- Confidence in Biden was tied each to his private traits and his insurance policies.
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America’s popularity all over the world has sharply rebounded since President Joe Biden took workplace, in line with a Pew Analysis Heart international survey revealed Thursday.
The brand new Democratic president is dramatically extra in style globally than former President Donald Trump was. In 12 international locations Pew surveyed in each 2020 and 2021, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden after a median of 17% stated they’d confidence in Trump final yr. And whereas only a median of 34% had a positive view of the US in 2020, favorability has surged to 62% this yr.
In Germany, the portion of the general public who has confidence within the US president to “do the suitable factor relating to world affairs” jumped from 10% final yr to 78% this yr. The shift is equally stark in different main international locations allied with the US. In France, confidence within the US president has surged from 11% to 74%, in Italy from 16% to 75%, in Canada from 20% to 77%, and within the UK from 19% to 52%.
Confidence in Biden was tied each to his private traits — he’s rated as dramatically extra “well-qualified” and fewer “harmful” and “smug” than Trump — and his insurance policies.
Biden has made two main international coverage selections with overwhelming reputation overseas: rejoining the World Well being Group and the Paris Local weather Accord. In Pew’s spring 2021 survey of 16 superior economies in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific area, 89% supported the US rejoining the WHO and 85% accepted of the US recommitting itself to the worldwide combat in opposition to local weather change.
“The election of Joe Biden as president has led to a dramatic shift in America’s worldwide picture,” Pew concluded in its report.
Seventy-four p.c of the general public within the 16 international locations surveyed stated they’ve confidence in Biden’s decision-making on world affairs, placing him second behind German chancellor Angela Merkel amongst main world leaders.
During the last 20 years, the US’s Republican presidents have obtained a lot decrease marks from the worldwide public than Democratic presidents have. Former President George W. Bush’s battle in Iraq drove his international approval down, whereas the world largely embraced former President Barack Obama.
However the US’s popularity remains to be struggling in lots of international locations all over the world. Simply 42% of the general public in New Zealand have a positive opinion of the US. About half really feel the identical means in Singapore and Australia. And confidence in American democracy is kind of low. Simply 17% of the general public within the 16 international locations suppose US democracy supplies a “good instance for different international locations to observe.”
In a Washington Submit op-ed this week, Biden framed his first abroad journey as an effort to recommit the US to its democratic allies.
“It is a defining query of our time: Can democracies come collectively to ship actual outcomes for our individuals in a quickly altering world?” he wrote. “Will the democratic alliances and establishments that formed a lot of the final century show their capability in opposition to modern-day threats and adversaries? I consider the reply is sure. And this week in Europe, we’ve got the possibility to show it.”
Pew surveyed a complete of 16,254 adults from March 12 to Might 26, 2021 within the 16 international locations: Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
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