July 15, 2014

Which countries don’t like America and which do

Sacré bleu! France makes the list of top 10 fans of the U.S. and Germany makes the list of the top 10 critics.

A decade ago anti-Americanism was on the rise around the world, in large part thanks to public opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Today, despite recent revelations of U.S. National Security Agency spying on foreign leaders and global opposition to U.S. drone strikes, there is little evidence of profound anti-Americanism except in a handful of countries, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 44 nations. Foreigners’ love affair with the United States remains strong in Africa and most of Asia, Europe and Latin America. But who likes Uncle Sam, who doesn’t and whose affections are evolving paints a pretty accurate road map of the overseas challenges facing Washington in the years ahead.

10 Biggest Critics and Fans of the U.S.Anti-Americanism is particularly strong today in the Middle East. In Egypt only 10% of the public favor the United States, which long backed the regime of Hosni Mubarak and failed to oppose the military overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government that succeeded him. Support is not much higher in Jordan (12%) and Turkey (19%), both countries that are notionally Washington’s allies. Those not-so-warm feelings for America have fallen 17 percentage points in Egypt and 13 points in Jordan since 2009, the first year of the Obama administration, when there appeared to be some hope in those nations that Uncle Sam would pursue policies more to their liking.

In addition, less than a quarter of Russians (23%) have a positive view of America, whose image is down 28 points in just the last year, a casualty of Washington’s opposition to Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.

But there are still corners of the world where America is held in high regard. In European countries surveyed, half or more of the publics in seven of nine nations say they see the U.S. in a positive light. Top of the list are Italians (78%), French (75%) and Poles (73%). Only in Germany, where U.S. favorability is down 13 points since 2009, has the positive image of the United States slipped significantly. And, despite this slippage, roughly half of Germans (51%) still see America favorably.

Asians are also pro-American. In fact, the Filipinos are the biggest fans of the U.S.; 92% express a positive view. South Koreans (82%), Bangladeshis (76%) and Vietnamese (76%) also agree. Even half the Chinese give Uncle Sam a thumbs up. However, Pakistanis (14%) share no love for the United States (but neither do Americans have much affection for Pakistan).

The U.S. is also feeling the love from Latin America, where majorities see the U.S. in a favorable light in eight of nine countries surveyed. Salvadorans (80%) are particularly positive in their assessment, as are Chileans (72%) and Nicaraguans (71%). Notably, despite all the tensions between Washington and Caracas, more than six-in-ten Venezuelans have a favorable opinion of the U.S.

And Africans express particularly positive views about America. Strong majorities in all seven nations surveyed back the United States, including roughly three-quarters or more of Kenyans (80%), Ghanaians (77%), Tanzanians (75%) and Senegalese (74%).

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The Global Indicators Database lets you explore public opinion in countries around the world.Our Global Indicators Database lets you explore public opinion in countries around the world on a range of issues and attitudes.

 

 

Topics: Country Image, U.S. Global Image and Anti-Americanism

  1. Photo of Bruce Stokes

    is Director of Global Economic Attitudes at the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

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43 Comments

  1. Daniel Cabrera6 days ago

    Now that is shocking to me. Every good and decent German at least I know wishes only the best to the Weltpolizei.
    Always a filled belly full of good olde genetically modified food and always a good jug of fracking water to go along!
    However, since You got the National Stasi Agency, you know that already anyways…

    …and please, dear Americans, stop bombarding us with Your nice trade agreements of the kind of ACTA and TTIP, we’d really appreciate that ;-)

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  2. Alex2 months ago

    If they had polled Iranians/Persians, they would have found they are the most pro-American!

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  3. vincenton post2 months ago

    And yet America under the New Leftist Obama regime is losing its allies and gaining more enemies by trying to police the world. Post-American President Barack Obama’s foreign policy appears to have been designed to finance and aid America’s… haters (e.g., the Arab dictatorships) and to ignore America’s traditional allies, particularly Israel.

    By trying to police the world America stupidly created and armed so-called agents and ‘allies’ (like Al Qaeda and other Muslim groups) that turned out to be monsters and terrorists.

    America should stop ‘spreading democracy’ and helping other countries like the Philippines and South Korea. Rather it should stick to its founding principles– that is, it should stop intervening and trying police the world unless it is attacked.

    Within just TEN YEARS America should–

    1. Stop sending financial, economic and military aid to other countries.
    2. Stop helping countries that face threat of invasion
    3. Stop creating agents and groups to help its army police the world
    4. Stop arming so-called allies
    5. Stop conducting ‘humanitarian aid’ and helping poor countries
    6. Focus only on its territories and national interest

    However, if during this ten-year period America’s traditional enemies (like Iran) and false allies (like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Palestine) continued to sponsor, finance, train and arm terror groups– and if these terror groups carried out attacks on America’s citizens at home and abroad– the U.S. government should declare an all-out war and totally destroy the attackers’ sponsors.

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  4. Jerry Spevak3 months ago

    North Korea and Iran should be on this list.

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    1. Guest3 months ago

      I’m surprised Vietnam is a fan.

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  5. DaToad3 months ago

    So stop giving them foreign aid and see how they react.

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  6. Max4 months ago

    It is not surprising about germany. With the NSA listenning a huge part of the european citizens ( by the way totally revolting! ), specifically germans and worst, the cell phone of Angela Merkel herself. Remind them the bad time of the Stasi when the communist party was listenning them in east germany. As a frenchman ( sorry if my english isn’t perfect ), I trully love the american people and culture, but I dislike the us policies. Not because it’s bad, but just because in a various way and on the long term, our interests are not the same. Europe should start making its own choice in its own interest. As General De Gaulle said about France ” France doesn’t have friends, only interests”, I think that’s the same for all the country around the world and so for Europe too.

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  7. se chang Oh4 months ago

    Hmmm top3??? We want top1

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  8. Robert Nauck4 months ago

    I’m just surprised that Germany is only 51 in favor of USA

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    1. Matt Schwartz4 months ago

      There’s nothing surprising about that. Germany is far more anti-American than most people realize. Germans have let the past few years go to their heads and now have a massive moral superiority complex.

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  9. Max Forte4 months ago

    Bruce Stokes writes that the dramatic decline in US popularity in Russia is “a casualty of Washington’s opposition to Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine”. It’s never a surprise to see just how easily American writers reproduce the national propaganda of officialdom. That statement completely erases US intervention in Ukraine, which provoked the Russians to act, rendering the US as a disinterested, neutral, and innocent bystander. But then, isn’t it always?

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  10. Newborn4 months ago

    Pew probably missed some of most pro-american states. I bet Albania and Kosovo would be right on top with Philippines.

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  11. Francis Mahe4 months ago

    Neither Canada or Mexico is on this list anywhere. Did they leave out North America? This leads me me mistrust the validity of this survey,

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    1. Andrea Caumont4 months ago

      You can see the views of all 44 countries surveyed here: pewglobal.org/database/indicator/1

      63% in Mexico have a favorable view of the U.S.

      Canada was not surveyed in 2014, but in 2013 64% of Canadians had a favorable view of the U.S.: pewglobal.org/database/indicator…

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    2. Matt Schwartz4 months ago

      Why on earth would the survey be any less valid just because it didn’t mention two countries?

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  12. Muhammad Zubair Khan4 months ago

    How about India? India was among the top five fans of U.S. for most of the last decade but is nowhere in top ten today?

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    1. Vinay H.4 months ago

      The recent issues surrounding the former visa ban on PM Modi, the arrest of the Indian diplomat in New York, and (to a lesser extent) continued American support of Pakistan have eroded some of the positive sentiment about the US in India.

      However, my personal feeling is that the people would rather be united with the US (democracy, Westernization, etc.) than Russia, which is the obvious alternative for India. How it actually works out is up to future diplomacy between the countries.

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  13. Richard Tebaldi4 months ago

    How much of this “like, dislike” issue has to do with money “given to these countries, or taken away” since O has gotten into office? Apparently, his “bowing before kings” has proved ineffective?
    Sometimes I think payoff money is the real reason.

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  14. Don Nagle4 months ago

    Interestingly, since 2009, it is amazing to me that ANY former admirer of the USA remains.
    Admiration usually requires some measure of honesty and trustworthiness on the part of heads of state.
    America’s present “leaders”
    display neither of these.

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  15. Luke4 months ago

    Why isn’t Cote D’Ivoire on here? I say it should be on the list of fans of America, I just wished that the list was expanded like top fifteen or twenty. I read that the Ivory Coast has a very positive outlook on the US too. I thought I read somewhere that somewhere around here that It ranked number one on American loving countries. Yet again, I can’t always trust the internet, that’s for sure. It just saddens me, and breaks my heart to see Greece, and Egypt are on the anti american’s list, because I love those two countries because of the mythologies (Anubis:Egyptian god of the dead, and Poseidon: the Greek god of the seas), the architectures( The Parthenon in Athens, and the Pyramid of Giza.) Well, at least France has been getting a more positive outlook on us, and Quite a shocker that Vietnam likes us,In a good way that is.

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  16. Louise Hillock4 months ago

    It would be interesting to know how much U.S. aid is provided to all foreign countries – by country, not as a lump sum. And whether aid tilts the favorable opinion.

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  17. AZ4 months ago

    I lived and worked in several of the countries listed. I can’t imagine how they came up with this list! It is way off to us expats that live or have lived in these countries. Example: South Korea, Italy and France fans of the US? Boy can not believe that! I was in SK when they were attacking American fast food restaurants and protesting US troop on thier soil or the forgiener we are watching you campaign in Dague. I love to see the method used to come up with this list!

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    1. Tom4 months ago

      Your examples are fallacious and hold no salt.

      “South Korea, Italy and France fans of the US? ”

      Yes, ever since Barack Obama became president positive views have risen.

      South Korea – there were so-called protests 10-20 years ago, but now the U.S. is working with South Korea more than ever against North Korea’s threats/aggression. And if you want to know the truth, go on a South Korean forum and ask them yourselves. Your own perceptions are not true.

      Italy – Italy has always been a fan of the U.S. in this century and late last century. Italians generally have a favorable view of the U.S., and you evidently do not know any Italians. Go on a forum, again, and ask.

      France – France’s score has been rising for the last 4/5 years. Ever since Obama has become president, France’s score has risen. Another thing, the U.S. and France have been working (and agreeing on matters) together a lot in Obama’s presidency, so of course their score has risen. Go on a forum, again, and ask.

      Funny, you think your fallacious views trumps actual surveys. Shame, really.

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      1. America2 months ago

        My roommate for college is from South Korea. They love us, why because we gave them freedom and also were over there guarding the boarder. Like my roommate said if US leaves the boarder North Korea will attack them.

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  18. Muthyavan.4 months ago

    Most of the highly educated and rich people of the world. Which ever country may be from , their first choice to emigrate is USA.

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  19. HK4 months ago

    Its not surprising that under the current administrative cabal fewer people like us. Its time we elect real leaders, not arrogant demagogues.

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    1. Matt Schwartz4 months ago

      Work on your reading skills. Anti-Americanism is down worldwide compared to a decade ago. The only main exception is Russia.

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  20. Bob4 months ago

    I find it amazing that Vietnam liks us better than Germany! Talk about a sorry European ally.

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  21. slk4 months ago

    soon germany will be permanently on the negative side!!!

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    1. Bob4 months ago

      Until their next dictator comes along wiping out half their population….

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  22. Paul Nelson4 months ago

    What I would like to see are the favorability/unfavorability ratings for the USA given the amount of per capita foreign aid given to countries like Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, African countries, South American countries, etc. It would tell us how much it is costing us to buy their friendship, in many cases.

    I don’t know if we give any foreign aid to France however, and I’ve heard from several friends about French animosity towards Americans, so I have to wonder if that 75% positive rating is correct???

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    1. Ken Fradkin4 months ago

      Well Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories get a ton of US aid and they absolutely hate us.

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      1. Passant3 months ago

        Hahahahahaha .. I am Egyptian , just want to say to “Ken Fradkin” you have to read more about the reason your country gave aid to Egypt .. there is a big revenue for your US and Treaties .. it isn’t kindness
        I hope your US stop destroying our countries and of course there will be no Hatred.

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  23. Packard Day4 months ago

    And exactly how much foreign aid money does the United State give each year to Egypt for their collective animus? Hunger makes good sauce.

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  24. Min Zee4 months ago

    What about Mexico? How do they feel about the U.S in 2014? or does it go without saying, since Mexico is the 3rd largest trading partner with U.S. Just because they are a neighboring country to the south of US does that automatically mean Mexicans have a positive attitude toward Mexico? because the U.S. has over 30 million people who claim being of Mexican Ancestry or/ Mexican…whether American born or not…does that mean that Mexico has a favorable view of U.S. or perhaps our numbers would not be so high? Because Mexican/Mexican-American died in the thousands defending this country in every war (not including the Mexican-American War of course)? I would say, yes they have a favorable view of this country.

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    1. Kochevnik4 months ago

      Mexico gave a 63% favorable/31% unfavorable rating to the US. They’re neither in the top 10, nor the bottom 10, which is why they aren’t in this post, but if you click on the link to the Global Attitudes report it has all the data there.

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    2. Kochevnik4 months ago

      Mexico gave a 63% favorable/31% unfavorable rating to the US. Mexico is neither in the top 10, nor the bottom 10, which is why it isn’t in this post, but data about Mexico is included in the Global Attitudes report mentioned in the post.

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    3. John4 months ago

      Good point. Don’t understand why Mexico or for that matter Brazil, Columbia was left out of the survey.

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      1. Matt Schwartz4 months ago

        @ John: They weren’t left out of the survey; they were left out of the article brief.

        This ain’t rocket science, folks.

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    4. Hernan Diaz4 months ago

      Mexico has a 63% favorable opinion regarding US. See this chart: pewglobal.org/database/indicator/1

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  25. Delicia Reyes4 months ago

    Israel is 2nd biggest fan of USA… well, it isn’t a surprise, at all… with all that armamentist support…

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    1. Saiful4 months ago

      In complete agreement!

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    2. slk4 months ago

      thank God it offsets all the iranian rockets that hamas gets!!!

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