Around The World, More And More People See The U.S. As A Threat To Their Safety

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell


The election of Donald Trump as president has increased fears around the world over U.S. power and influence.

People around the world have grown more concerned about their safety since President Donald Trump took office, with attitudes toward Trump and the United States linked to the perception that U.S. power and influence is a “major threat” to their country.

Analyzing data collected since 2013, Pew Research Center determined that a median 45 percent across 22 surveyed countries view U.S. power and influence as a major threat.

That number is up from Trump’s first year in office (38 percent) and also compared to 2013 during the Obama administration (25 percent).

The data also show that the increase in worldwide fears over U.S. power and influence correlate with a decrease in confidence that Trump will do the right thing in foreign affairs.

In 2013, 19 percent of Germans saw the U.S. as a major threat to their country; that number rose to 35 percent in 2017 and 49 percent in 2018.

In the U.K., 22 percent of people saw U.S. power and influence as a major threat, compared with 35 percent in 2017 and 37 percent last year.

Canadian concerns over the U.S. climbed from 23 percent in 2013 to 38 percent in 2017, landing at 46 percent of people in 2018.

America’s neighbor to the south, where Trump is set on placing a border wall and frequently stokes fears over an immigrant “invasion”, is one of those most concerned countries: 38 percent of Mexicans viewed the U.S. as a major threat, but that increased to 61 percent after Trump took office and rose again last year reaching 64 percent.

Still, Pew Research Center noted that in no country surveyed did people place U.S. power and influence as a greater threat than other issues, including “global climate change (seen as a major threat by a median of 67%), the Islamic militant group known as ISIS (cited by 62%) and cyberattacks (cited by 61%).”

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