In wake of stronger growth, more Americans and Europeans say U.S. is top economic power
For the first time in six years, more people in America say that the U.S. – not China – is the world’s leading economic power, according to our new survey.
America’s Global Image
Ratings for the U.S. remain mostly positive, with a global median of 69% expressing a favorable view. Countries also express broad support for America’s military efforts against ISIS, but are critical of the U.S. government’s use of torture after 9/11.
Key takeaways on how the world views the U.S. and China
The U.S. image abroad remains mostly positive, although it has suffered somewhat from negative views of post-9/11 interrogation methods. China also is seen positively, though not on the issue of protecting individual freedoms.
Americans are aging, but not as fast as people in Germany, Italy and Japan
At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.
40 years after fall of Saigon, Vietnamese see U.S. as key ally
Four decades after the controversial war, the Vietnamese public sees the United States as a helpful ally and even embraces some of the core tenets of capitalism.
Car, bike or motorcycle? Depends on where you live
In asking people in 44 countries which of these they owned, we found notable differences between economically advanced nations, emerging markets and developing countries.
For the U.S. and Japan, legacy of WWII is still painful
The U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has long divided Americans and Japanese: 56% of Americans say it was justified, versus 14% of Japanese.
How Americans and Japanese see each other
We asked people in both countries if they associated particular words such as “hardworking,” “inventive” or “selfish” with people in the other country.
Americans, Japanese Trust and Respect Each Other
Americans and Japanese share a deep mutual respect and trust of one another. But both nations are wary of China and differ on whether Japan should play a more active military role in the Asia-Pacific region.
5 facts to help understand the U.S.-Japan relationship
While Americans and Japanese trust each other, both are wary of China, and they differ in their views of what role Japan’s military should play.