Pew asked respondents in 16 developed countries for their opinion of America under Biden and found that 62% now have a favorable view of the U.S. That’s way up from the 34% favorable view earned by Trump in last year’s survey.
In 12 of the countries, Pew had asked the same questions a year ago when Trump was president. The difference in the responses was sizable. Seventy-five percent of respondents had confidence that Biden would “do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Last year’s survey found that only 17% thought Trump would do the right thing.
The opinion swing on the U.S. president was more pronounced in some countries than others.
- Just 10% of Germans trusted Trump to do the right thing in last year’s survey; that number went up to 78% with Biden.
- Sweden’s confidence level went from 15% for Trump to 85% for Biden.
- Belgium’s confidence level went from 9% for Trump to 79% for Biden.
- In Greece, confidence in the U.S. president was 25% in 2019, and rose to 67% with the arrival of Biden.
In all the countries surveyed by this year and last year, the confidence score increased at least 40%, Pew found.