December 12, 2017

U.S. Adults Worry About Global Regard for Their Nation

A polarized electorate and alarming policy reversals reduce confidence at home and abroad in U.S. global leadership

Special to YaleGlobal

As the Trump administration embarks on a new course in foreign policy within its first year in office, roughly two-thirds of Americans report believing that the United States is less respected by other countries than it has been in the past, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll of U.S. adults. The public has long held this view, including majorities when Barack Obama and George W. Bush held office.

This perception of how the United States is seen around the world has also long been a partisan issue. However, there are substantial changes in how Republicans and Democrats view the relative level of global respect for the nation.

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