Last night President Joe Biden said during his address to Congress that he has told the 40 other world leaders he’s spoken to since taking office that “America is back.” Today, on the 100th day of his administration, a new poll confirms that much of the world agrees.
The percentage of people with favorable views of the United States has increased in at least a dozen countries since Biden’s inauguration and twice-impeached former President Donald Trump retired to Florida, according to a worldwide poll conducted by Morning Consult. The international polling company queried more than 1,100 people in 14 countries just before Biden’s inauguration and again in mid-April as he was approaching day 100 in office.
U.S. popularity has improved the most in Germany, where there has been a 47-point net gain in favorability following Biden’s inauguration. Since Jan. 20, the percentage of Germans with a favorable view of the U.S. has increased from 24% to 46%, a 22-point swing. Meanwhile, 37% of Germans now hold an unfavorable view of the U.S., down 25 points from the pre-Biden mark of 62%
Similar positive changes in foreign countries’ perceptions of the U.S. have been observed in Japan (+39), France (+37), Canada (+32), and the United Kingdom (+30), with smaller gains seen in Spain (+26), Italy (+23), Australia (+21), Mexico (+15), Brazil (+10), and Russia (+6).
As the former guy says, those are poll numbers like no one’s ever seen before.
“President Joe Biden inherited a tarnished American image abroad when he took office on Jan. 20 following four years of President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policies and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that called into question the status of the world’s oldest continuous democracy,” noted Morning Consult.
“Nearly 100 days later as the United States and the world meets a symbolic milestone of Biden’s presidency, the Oval Office’s current occupant is overseeing a sizable improvement to the American brand across many allied countries,” the pollsters added.
— Morning Consult (@MorningConsult) April 27, 2021