The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t just harm the U.S. economic system — it’s additionally harm America’s reputation overseas.
The European Council on Foreign Relations surveyed 10,000 Europeans in 9 nations, which make up about two-thirds of the European Union, to get their opinions on how governments have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak that has contaminated 9.5 million and killed greater than 484,000 and counting round the world.
And the report discovered what it referred to as a “shocking” collapse of the picture of the U.S. in the eyes of many Europeans. China suffered a drop in public opinion, as effectively.
“Each superpower has seen its reputation collapse in some of the countries that were its closest allies and partners,” the report notes.
More than half of these surveyed general (59%) stated that their view of the U.S. has worsened throughout the coronavirus disaster, whereas just below half (48%) expressed a worse opinion of China, the place instances of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have been first reported. Those who’ve soured on the U.S. the most embody folks hailing from Denmark (71%), Portugal (70%) and Germany (65%). Almost half of Italians (48%) have additionally adopted a extra adverse view of America.
“If Trump’s America struggles so much to help itself, how can it be expected to help anyone else?”
Most residents in many EU nations, together with France, Sweden and Spain, on the different hand, reported that their view of the U.S. had “stayed the same.” Overall, just 6% of these surveyed stated that their view of the U.S. has improved throughout the pandemic.
It needs to be famous that this survey was performed in late April — earlier than the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, and earlier than coronavirus instances started spiking once more throughout the nation. Indeed, the EU might determine to ban Americans from visiting as a result of the U.S. has didn’t include the coronavirus pandemic.
The chart highlighting the altering sentiment towards America went viral on reddit, drawing greater than 4,000 feedback as of press time on Thursday. Many in the feedback didn’t categorical a lot shock, noting that their very own opinions of the nation have stayed just about the identical.
See it for your self beneath:
And right here’s how EU views of China have modified, in comparability:
The report means that the fragmented coronavirus response in the U.S., with particular person states dictating their very own guidelines for closing and reopening their native economies, reveal a deeply divided nation.
“If Trump’s America struggles so much to help itself, how can it be expected to help anyone else?” the report muses. “If this domestic chaos continues, many Europeans could come to see the U.S. as a broken hegemon that cannot be entrusted with the defense of the Western world.”
Many Americans are additionally combating nationwide delight at dwelling, in line with a current WalletHub survey, which discovered virtually one in three really feel much less patriotic heading into the Fourth of July vacation celebrating U.S. independence this 12 months.
Granted, the surveyed European residents additionally expressed loads of disappointment to the EU’s personal coronavirus response, as effectively. Many Europeans, together with 58% of the French, stated that the EU has been “irrelevant” throughout the pandemic, and one in three of these surveyed stated that they’ve misplaced confidence in their authorities’s means to behave based mostly on the dealing with of the pandemic.