U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly
In several countries, favorable views of the U.S. are at their lowest point since the Center began polling on this topic two decades ago.
In many countries, people are more negative about the economy amid COVID-19 than during Great Recession
A median of 80% across 10 countries now say their country’s economy is faring badly, compared with a median of 72% who said this in 2008-2009.
Despite Pandemic, Many Europeans Still See Climate Change as Greatest Threat to Their Countries
The spread of infectious diseases is the top concern in the U.S., UK, Japan and South Korea as global economic concerns grow.
Views of the economy have turned sharply negative in many countries amid COVID-19
Assessments of national economies have seen swift downturns in many countries, and few see improvements anytime soon.
Amid COVID-19, remittances to some Latin American nations fell sharply in April, then rebounded
El Salvador experienced a 40% drop in remittances in April 2020 compared with April 2019, the largest decline among the six nations analyzed.
Most Approve of National Response to COVID-19 in 14 Advanced Economies
The pandemic has had a divisive effect on a sense of national unity in many of the countries surveyed: A median of 46% feel more national unity now than before the coronavirus outbreak, while 48% think divisions have grown.
Globally, views of foreign direct investment vary depending on type of investment
People in many countries support foreign companies building factories in their own nation. But fewer support foreign firms buying domestic ones.
Many around the world were pessimistic about inequality even before pandemic
Across 34 countries, a median of 65% said in 2019 they felt pessimistic about reducing the gap between the rich and poor in their country.
Outside U.S., Floyd’s killing and protests sparked discussion on legislators’ Twitter accounts
Many legislators in four English-speaking countries directly addressed George Floyd’s killing and the subsequent protests on Twitter.
Republicans see China more negatively than Democrats, even as criticism rises in both parties
Republicans have long held more unfavorable views of China than Democrats, but such views have climbed among both parties over the past year.
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