U.S. foreign policy scholars are more concerned about climate change and less worried about ISIS and refugees than the U.S. public and general publics abroad.
Across 37 countries surveyed in the spring of 2017, a median of 48% say they closely follow news about the U.S., compared with 50% who do not. Interest in news about the U.S. is highest in Canada, where 78% say they track it closely. Next highest is the Netherlands (75%), followed by some of America’s closest allies: Japan, Germany and Australia. Across 10 European nations, a median of 51% say they follow news about America closely.
A median of 53% in five Middle Eastern and North African countries also see Iran playing a more important role, but fewer say Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have gained influence.
People in Vietnam, India and South Korea are generally positive about life today in their countries compared with 50 years ago. But in many places, like Latin America, peoples' outlooks are more negative.
The U.S.-Germany relationship has been a cornerstone in international relations. Yet, people in both countries differ in their views of the bilateral relationship.
People around the world identify ISIS and climate change as leading international threats. Many also name cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy as major challenges.
Across 38 nations, a median of 42% say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy, while 32% name China. The economic balance of power has shifted in the eyes of some key U.S. allies and trading partners.
Few people in G20 member countries have confidence in either Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin to do the right thing regarding world affairs.
Among 17 Group of Twenty member countries, residents in just two countries have substantially more confidence in Trump than in Merkel on world affairs.