Pew Research: U.S. Image Plummets Internationally Over Handling Of Coronavirus

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The United States' handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hurt its reputation across the globe.

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that America’s reputation continues its decline among key allies, with the share of the public holding a favorable view of the U.S. in several countries hitting record lows.

The poll found that just 41 percent in the UK have a favorable view of the U.S., the lowest of any of the Center’s surveys there.

In France, just 31 percent view the U.S. positively; in Germany, only 26 percent hold a favorable opinion of the U.S.

The Center cited the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic as a factor in this year’s decline: “Across the 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak.”

Part of the decline over the past year is linked to how the U.S. had handled the coronavirus pandemic. Across the 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak. In contrast, most say the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Union have done a good job, and in nearly all nations people give their own country positive marks for dealing with the crisis (the U.S. and UK are notable exceptions). Relatively few think China has handled the pandemic well, although it still receives considerably better reviews than the U.S. response.

The survey also found that President Trump remains highly unpopular in Europe, except among European right-wing populist party supporters.

The publics surveyed also see Trump more negatively than other world leaders. Among the six leaders included on the survey, Angela Merkel receives the highest marks: A median of 76% across the nations polled have confidence in the German chancellor. French President Emmanuel Macron also gets largely favorable reviews. Ratings for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are roughly split. Ratings for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are overwhelmingly negative, although not as negative as those for Trump.

Views of Trump are more positive among Europeans who have favorable views of right-wing populist parties, though confidence is still relatively low among all groups.

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