US Adults Worry About Global Regard for Their Nation

Global challenges – including North Korea’s nuclear ambitions or climate change – require global leadership and partners. US citizens express less confidence in their government to lead global partnerships, with near 70 percent suggesting that the country is less respected by others, according to recent Pew Research Center surveys. The country is polarized, with both Democrats and Republicans expressing less confidence depending on the party holding office. Bruce Stokes, the center’s director of global economic attitudes, compares the results with a spring survey of 37 nations. Opinions were gathered before Donald Trump’s announcement on US withdrawal from the global climate treaty and may suggest global opinion is plummeting. Stokes notes that it is too early for conclusions about the Trump administration’s impact on global policies, but cautions, “History suggests anti-Americanism can have consequences for US foreign policy objectives.” – YaleGlobal