The top 10 countries that are fans of the U.S., and the top 10 countries that are critics, includes some surprises: France made #10 on the fan list, and Germany made #10 on the critics, based on a new Pew Research Center survey.
What's not surprising here is that Israel is our #2 fan, and the U.S. gets high unfavorable ratings from Palestinians.
There is little evidence of "profound anti-Americanism" except in a handful of countries, Pew's research found.
Top 10 Critics
Egypt 85% Unfavorable
Jordan 85% Unfavorable
Turkey 73% Unfavorable
Russia 71% Unfavorable
Palestine territories 66% Unfavorable
Greece 63% Unfavorable
Pakistan 59% Unfavorable
Lebanon 57% Unfavorable
Tunisia 47% Unfavorable
Germany 47% Unfavorable
Top 10 Fans
Philippines 92% Favorable
Israel 84% Favorable
South Korea 82% Favorable
Kenya 80% Favorable
El Salvador 80% Favorable
Italy 78% Favorable
Ghana 77% Favorable
Vietnam 76% Favorable
Bangladesh 76% Favorable
France 75% Favorable
Anti-Americanism is particularly strong today in the Middle East. In Egypt, only 10% of the population favor the U.S., despite Obama's heralding of the "Arab Spring" and the downfall of Mubarak, which has only served to increase our unpopularity in the region.
In Russia, less than a quarter (23%) have a positive view of the United States, down from 28% last year. Pakistan has a 14% favorable rating for the U.S.
In Europe, more than half of the population in seven out of nine countries say they see the U.S. positively. The Italians view the U.S. at 78% favorable, French at 75% and Poland 73%.
The U.S. is viewed positively in most of Asia (with half the Chinese subscribing to this view) and in Latin America, where eight out of nine countries had majorities favorable. 80% of Salvadorans view the U.S. favorably, as do 72% of Chileans and 71% Nicaraguans.
African countries also see the U.S. in a positive light, with strong majorities in all seven nations Pew surveyed responding thusly.
Polling found little change in Obama’s popularity globally this year, although it is decreased from its height at 2008. Across 44 nations, 56% had confidence Obama would do the right thing in world affairs,
Policy is what is driving down confidence: in nearly all countries Pew polled, majorities oppose U.S. monitoring of their emails and phone calls. Drone strikes are also wildly unpopular: 39 out of 44 countries have majorities or pluralities that oppose U.S. drone strikes.
Asia is increasingly worried about conflict with China, and this has helped countries keep their favorable opinion of the U.S.
Globally, Pew found strong opposition to U.S. eavesdropping, and a decline in views that the U.S. respects the personal freedoms of its people.