In New Pew Study, 11 Countries Report Negative Views of United States

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Pew Research has released a new study of how people in other countries view the United States. The figures are shockingly low in some nations and moderately high in others.

The Pew study is based on questions asked of 26,112 respondents in 25 nations, from May 20 to Aug. 12. The two goals of the study were to find out attitudes toward the U.S. and President Donald Trump.

On a scale of 0% to 100%, across all the 25 countries, “confidence” in President Trump was 27% compared with “no confidence” at 70%. Separate perceptions of the United States were comparatively better. Fifty percent of those questioned had a “favorable” opinion of the U.S. Forty-three percent had an “unfavorable” opinion.

The nation with the lowest percentage of people who view the U.S. favorably was Russia at 26%. The highest figure was in Israel at 83%.

The views varied considerably by region. Among European Union member countries, 43% had a favorable opinion of the United States. In the Asia Pacific area, four of the five countries measured had a positive opinion of the United States, with the Philippines first at 83%. U.S. allies South Korea and Japan had favorability ratings of 80% and 67%, respectively.

Across all nations measured, 11 had favorability ratings below 50%: Sweden (44%), Spain (42%), Canada (39%), France (38%), Tunisia (37%), Greece (36%), the Netherlands (34%), Mexico and Argentina (32%), Germany (30%), and Russia (26%).

For the most part, residents in nations in Africa think well of the U.S. Of the countries on that continent, Kenya had a favorable percentage at 70%, followed by Nigeria (62%)  and South Africa (57%).

The countries with the highest rating for favorability are Israel and Philippines at 83%, South Korea at 80%, and Kenya and Poland at 70%. Ratings for the U.S. are not higher than two-thirds anywhere else.