Religion is declining in America

The US reputation is at an all-time low internationally as a majority say the country handled the corona crisis poorly

The reputation of the United States has continued to deteriorate with many of its key allies and partners over the past year, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds. And in many countries, the percentage of people who have a positive opinion of the United States has been lower than ever since the Center began polls on the matter nearly twenty years ago.

In the United Kingdom, only 41% have a positive opinion of the United States, the lowest percentage ever found in a Pew Research Center survey. In France, only 31% see the US positively, in line with dismal ratings in March 2003 at the height of Franco-US tensions over the Iraq war. The Germans rate the United States particularly badly in the survey: 26% rate the United States positively, which comes close to the approximately 25% from the same survey from March 2003.

That slump over the past year is due in part to how the U.S. handled the coronavirus pandemic. In the 13 countries surveyed, a median of only 15% says the US has dealt well with the crisis.

US President Donald Trump's ratings in these countries have been poor throughout his presidency, and that trend continues this year. Trump gets the worst rating in Belgium, where just 9% say they trust the American president to do the right thing in international affairs. It is rated best in Japan. But even here, only a quarter of the Japanese population has confidence in Trump.

Attitudes towards Trump are consistently more negative in Europe than towards his predecessor Barack Obama, especially in Western Europe. In the UK, Spain, France and Germany, Trump's ratings are similar to those of George W. Bush towards the end of his term in office.

In previous years, trust in Trump was relatively higher in some countries, such as India, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria and the Philippines; however, due to the corona crisis in countries like these, where we usually interview people personally, interviews are currently not possible.

These insights are one of the key takeaways from a Pew Research Center survey conducted between June 10 and August 3, 2020 of 13,273 respondents in 13 countries (excluding the US) by phone. Other key findings from the report include:

The people surveyed see Trump more negatively than other international heads of state and government. Of the six heads of state and government who were part of the study, Angela Merkel received the best ratings: a median of 76% in all the countries surveyed has confidence in the German Chancellor. French President Emmanuel Macron also received mostly positive reviews. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's opinions are divided. The ratings of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are clearly negative, but not as negative as Trump's ratings.

In almost all of the countries surveyed, the majority have a negative opinion of the USA. In the present survey, a median of only 34% in the 13 countries surveyed expresses a positive opinion. Around a third of Canadians (35%) see their southern neighbor as positive, a negative record in surveys by the Pew Research Center. A similar proportion hold this opinion in Europe (median of 33%), with positive opinions ranging from low values ​​such as around a quarter in Belgium (24%) and Germany (26%) to a maximum value of more than four in ten respondents in the UK (41%) and Italy (45%). Many people in Australia and Japan have negative views of the United States, while South Korea stands out as the only country where a majority (59%) view the United States positively.

Few people in Europe name the US as the world's leading economic power versus a majority in South Korea and Japan. A median of 34% in 13 countries believe the US is the leading economic power in the world, while nearly half (48%) say the same about China.

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