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International Views of Biden and the U.S. Are Mostly Positive, Survey Shows

A June 2023 survey by Pew Research Center shows that more countries have positive views of the U.S. than negative views. Thirty percent hold an unfavorable view of the U.S., while a median of 59% of countries see America in a positive light.

Most Favorable View

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Of the 23 countries assessed, Poland sees America the most favorably, according to the Pew Research Center. Ninety-three percent of Poles reported having positive views of America and Biden.

Runners Up

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Israel, South Korea, Nigeria, and Japan are the second through fifth countries that view America the most favorably.

Most Unfavorable View

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Of the 23 countries Pew surveyed, Hungary has the most unfavorable view of the U.S., at a 51% unfavorable rate.

More Thumbs Down

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Australia has the second-most unfavorable U.S. views in Pew’s poll, with a 47% unfavorable rate. Sweden and France tied for third place at 41%.

Gathering the Data

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The Pew Research Center used data from the Spring 2023 Global Attitudes Survey to determine their results.

A Good Sign

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Poland and Israel both scored the highest Pew has seen with their survey in terms of favorability with the U.S.

Poland’s Jump

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There was a strong correlation between increased positive views of the U.S. among the Polish after the start of the war in Ukraine. Poland has been a major ally to Ukraine alongside the U.S.

Record Low

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Hungarians’ feelings about the U.S. and Biden are at a record low, according to Pew Research Center. This may have to do with many Hungarians not believing that Russia is a threat to its neighbors.

Slight Declines

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Overall, Pew Research Center notes that most people in the countries they surveyed have fairly consistent views of the U.S. However, they note that people’s perception of the U.S. and of Biden have slightly dropped in the following countries:

  • Canada
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Sweden

Biden vs Trump

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Pew Research Center saw a clear correlation in improved views people had of the U.S. from 2019 to 2021. Their conclusion? It had a lot to do with former president Donald Trump’s administration changing to President Biden’s.

Mexico’s Take

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America’s southern neighbor holds one of the most notable improvements in how a country views the U.S. since the Trump to Biden presidency change; whereas 30% of Mexicans viewed the U.S. positively in 2017, 63% now view America in a positive light.

More Increases

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Indonesia (14% increase), Nigeria (12% increase), and Kenya (11% increase) are three other countries that see the U.S. significantly more positively in 2023 than in 2019.

Party Divides

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In almost all cases, Pew found that right-leaning people generally had more positive views of the United States than people who identify as politically left.

An Exception

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Hungarians who lean politically right were the only citizens who viewed the U.S. less positively than those who lean left. Pew found that this was particularly the case with people who have positive views of the Fidesz party.

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