Under Biden, Global Approval Of The United States Has Rebounded
A new international poll shows that the world believes President Joe Biden when he says “America is back.” With President Joe Biden in the United Kingdom today on the initial leg of his first overseas trip as president, a Pew Research Center global survey released Thursday shows that many in advanced economies believe it.
Trust in the U.S. president plummeted to record lows in most countries during Donald Trump’s presidency. Under Biden, it has soared. In the 12 countries surveyed both this year and last, a median of 75 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Biden to “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew’s survey discovered. That compares with just 17 percent for Trump last year. Sixty-two percent of respondents now have a favorable view of the United States versus 34 percent at the end of Trump’s presidency.
“The election of Joe Biden as president has led to a dramatic shift in America’s international image,” the Pew report reads.
Among all 16 publics surveyed this spring, only German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranks ahead of Biden in the percentage of respondents who said they trust the leader’s decision-making on world affairs. With 74 percent, Biden received a higher rate of confidence than French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
One negative note from the survey: the presidency of the twice-impeached Trump damaged the world’s views about how well the U.S. political system functions. In most surveyed publics, less than 10 percent of respondents said it works very well.
“Publics in the advanced economies surveyed are largely skeptical that democracy in the U.S. is a good example for other countries to follow,” the report reads. Majorities in most places believe the United States “used to be a good example, but has not been in recent years.”
Pew said its 2021 findings on the United States’ international image were based on data from nationally representative surveys of more than 16,000 adults in 16 advanced economies conducted over the phone from March to May.