A median of 68% across 19 countries think their country has done a good job dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, with majorities saying this in every country surveyed except Japan. However, most also believe the pandemic has created greater divisions in their societies and exposed weaknesses in their political systems – and these view are especially common in the U.S.
Americans’ views vary when it comes to how they see the United States’ standing in the world and the state of its democracy.
Only 13% of Americans think the U.S. garners more respect internationally now than in the past, while 19% think it’s as respected as ever.
Many U.S. adults describe cyberattacks from other countries (71%) and the spread of misinformation online (70%) as major threats to the U.S.
65% say most political candidates run for office “to serve their own personal interests.”
Seven-in-ten Americans view inflation as a very big problem for the country, followed by the affordability of health care and violent crime.
Americans in 2022 find themselves in an environment that is at once greatly improved and frustratingly familiar.
Dealing with coronavirus has declined as a policy priority, especially among Republicans. This marks a shift from last year, when the economy and the coronavirus both topped the public’s policy agenda.
A majority of U.S. adults (61%) are optimistic that the new year will be better than the year that just ended.
Americans’ views of the economy remain negative; most say prices have gotten worse while job availability has improved.