The Margin: President Biden made America great again in the eyes of the world: poll


President Joe Biden has made America great again in the eyes of several U.S. allies, according to a new Morning Consult poll

The latest surveys asked adults in 14 nations about whether they had a favorable or unfavorable view of the United States. Some 1,100 adults were surveyed in each country between Jan. 11-20 and April 16-25. And the report found that America’s image across these countries has improved by nine points on average since Biden’s inauguration, with U.S. popularity rebounding the most in Germany, Japan and France. 

America’s favorability rating jumped 22 percentage points in Germany alone since Jan. 20, with 46% of Germans now holding favorable views toward the U.S., compared with 37% holding unfavorable views. (The remaining 27% said they “don’t know” or have “no opinion.”)

In Japan, favorable opinions jumped from 36% at the end of Trump’s term to 55% after Biden was inaugurated. And Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom also posted double-digit increases in favorability toward the U.S, while favorability among Mexican adults rose eight percentage points. 

The only country among the 14 surveyed to become less positive toward the U.S. was China, where almost three in four adults hold unfavorable views toward America. This has increased nine points since Biden’s inauguration, reflecting the ongoing economic and political tensions between the two countries.

Biden said “America is back” and “diplomacy is back” in his first foreign policy speech as president. And this survey suggests that he’s won back popular support among allies across the globe during his first 100 days in office with moves such as rejoining the Paris climate accord. 

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“People in many nations around the world are, I think, hopeful, that the election of Joe Biden marks a rejection of Trump’s ‘America First’ bullying and go-it-alone international policies and a return to a more collaborative, pro-democracy approach to international affairs,” Dr. David Farber, a University of Kansas professor who edited the book, “What They Think of Us,” told Morning Consult. 

Compare that to September 2020, while the contentious U.S. presidential election was in full swing, when the Pew Research Center reported that perceptions of the U.S. around the world hit historic lows.

Granted, Biden hasn’t won everyone over at home. Just 42% of Americans say they approve of how the president is handling immigration, for example, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

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