10 October 2016
Nonpartisan fact tank, Pew Research Center, has released the result of a survey into the opinion of the world about the United States of America.
For a number of years, Pew Research Center has been tracking international opinion of the U.S. so as to inform the public about issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
Pew’s 2016 poll asked people in 16 nations across the world a range of questions to gauge the U.S.’s current level of popularity.
Among people surveyed in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and North America, the overall image of the U.S. remains positive. While the Iraq war between 2003 and 2011 proved deeply unpopular, today’s U.S.-led action against ISIS has been met with widespread approval.
The survey also delved into America’s much-talked-about race to the White House between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
American people are witnessing an election campaign like no other. But what do spectators on the other side of the Atlantic think?
Given the choice of either Hillary or Donald, Europeans were asked which candidate they had more confidence in to lead world affairs. There was a clear winner, as the chart below shows. But for Donald Trump, the responses made grim reading.
And it’s not only Europeans; Asians also expressed low levels of confidence in the Republican nominee.
Neither candidate matched the popularity of Barack Obama.
America has long been perceived as a world-leading nation, but the rise of powerful economies in Asia has called that into question.
What the Pew survey shows is that most of the world still believes in the U.S., and sees it as holding on to the power and influence it wielded a decade ago. Only the Japanese see America as having diminished internationally.