Donald Trump leaves, but the damage caused by the president to the image of the United States remains. The authority of the North American country in the global arena has been seriously affected, especially in Europe, reveals a survey.
A poll carried out in 11 European countries reveals that there is great skepticism that the new US president, Joe Biden, can halt the decline of his country on the world political stage. The results of the poll, carried out by the European Council on Foreign Relations, were published in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Of the nearly 15,000 people surveyed in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain at the end of 2020, less than half of them believe that, under Biden, the United States will be able to control their internal disputes and will help solve international problems like climate change, conflicts in the Middle East and the question of European security.
On the other hand, nearly a third of respondents believe that Americans cannot be trusted after they elected Trump in 2016. In Germany, 53% of those surveyed expressed this opinion. In none of the countries that participated in the survey is distrust in the US greater.
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Although the poll was conducted before the recent assault on the Capitol, one in six respondents stated that they consider that the American political system is broken.
The drastic loss of confidence in the North American country can also be seen in the fact that two thirds of those consulted believe that their countries should not depend on US aid in the event of a serious crisis. In addition, one in three participants spoke in favor of Europe dealing with its own military assets rather than relying heavily on the Americans in this area.
Also, there appears to be a very limited willingness among Europeans to support the United States in potential international disputes. In the 11 countries where the survey was conducted, at least half of the respondents believe their governments should take a neutral stance in the event of a conflict between the United States and China. In relation to the Asian country, most believe that it will surpass the United States as the main world power in the next decade.
The research has clearly shown, its authors conclude, that the Biden Administration has every reason to fear not only a worsening of internal conflicts, but also a worsening attitude towards the US on the part of Europeans.