According to a recent poll by Ipsos MORI, a market research group, Canada is seen as having the most positive impact in the world, followed by Australia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. The study involved around 18,000 respondents from 25 nations, including those subject to the poll.
Only 40% of respondents think the U.S. has a positive global influence, down by 24 points since last year’s survey (which had asked which country would have a positive influence in the next decade).
Note that this less than emerging powers China and India (at 49% and 53% respectively) and not that far ahead of Russia (35%).
Respondents from almost every country that was polled had a worse view of U.S. influence than the previous year; Argentina, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea saw some of the biggest drops, by over 30 percentage points. Only New Zealand and Serbia were unchanged in their (already) fairly low opinion.
India, Brazil, Poland, and South Africa retained highest approval rating for the U.S., being the only countries (besides the U.S. itself) where more than half of respondents had a favorable view (even if it was less than last year).
Interestingly, China saw the lowest dip from 2016, at just 3%, with close to half its respondents holding a good view of American influence.
The poll also included international organizations, which are playing an increasingly visible and decisive role in our globalized era.