Countries with the most and least favorable views of the U.S. in 2017
No matter where you live or what your politics are, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: America has changed considerably over the past year. With a new government comes new policies and expectations, as well as social and economic changes that seem to evolve almost daily. Americans may hold differing opinions about how they see themselves, but how is the country perceived beyond its borders?
Every year since 2002, Pew Research Center has conducted a survey in order to answer this specific question. The Global Attitudes Project has conducted over 500,000 interviews in 64 countries, asking people a range of questions about their own lives, as well as how they see the world, including: “Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the United States.” By combining all respondents who answer “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable,” countries are in turn assessed by their general favorability towards the United States.
From this data, Stacker ranked countries from the most to least favorable opinions of the US., bringing in revelations around each country's history, recent American collaboration or conflict, and favorability trends over time. The following rankings include all countries for which Pew Research provided 2017 data for and can help tell the story of where America's global standing is at its best and worst.
#38. United States
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 85%
Americans generally have a positive view of themselves, with favorability rates hovering between 80 and 88% over the past decade. For 2017, the favorability rate increased modestly from last year’s 83%. That said, recent polling shows that public trust in the government to do what is right is at an all time low of 20%.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 84%
In 1995, Vietnam and the U.S. (under President Bill Clinton) repaired ties that had been severed for over 20 years following the Vietnam War. In April 2017, it was reported that President Trump wrote a letter to Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, suggesting a reboot of trade and security ties between the two countries.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 81%
Israel is the No. 1 recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the world, and most US Presidents have made a conscious effort to retain a relationship with our allies in the Middle East.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 78%
Despite historically being one of the U.S.’s oldest Asian partners, in 2016, Philippine President Duterte announced both military and economic separation from the States in order to strengthen ties with China and Russia.
#34. South Korea
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 75%
The relationship between South Korea and the U.S. has been strong since 1950 when Americans fought on the UN-sponsored South Korean side in the Korean War.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 73%
Polish-American relations have been strong since the end of World War I. Poland is a member of the European Union and NATO. This is a strong statement, as it represents a “collective defense” of European and North American allies against any outside threats.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 63%
As Hungary worked to distance itself from Soviet influence after the fall of communism in 1989, the United States offered its help. This came in the form of supporting Hungary’s establishment of a democratic system of government and a free-market economy. Hungary formally became an ally of the United States when it joined NATO in 1999.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 61%
Italy is one of the U.S.’s most active and important allies in NATO, hosting over 11,500 military personnel and the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Percent responding "favorable" (2017): 59%
The United States sent its first Peace Corps volunteers to Ghana in 1961, and it remains one of the most robust programs in leadership, training and innovation, according to the U.S. embassy. Today, there are around 150 volunteers working in the agriculture, health and education sectors.2018 All rights reserved.