Allies believe the United States is no longer a good model of democracy, according to a poll.
According to a new study of 16 countries, the majority of which are U.S. allies, the country’s global image improved after President Joe Biden succeeded former President Donald Trump, but not a single country believes the US is any longer a good model of democracy.
The results of the Pew Research Center’s Spring 2021 Global Attitudes Survey were released on Thursday, the first of its sort since Biden assumed office in January. The removal of a US president whose reign was defined by a severe decrease in worldwide confidence in US leadership was accompanied by a historically turbulent power transfer.
While some of this trust has returned in the months since Biden took office, there is still a widespread belief that “democracy in the United States used to be a wonderful example, but has not been in recent years.”
In neighboring Canada, 69 percent agreed, compared to 14 percent who said the United States’ democracy is a good model for other nations to follow and another 14 percent who said it “has never been a positive model for other countries.”
These views were shared across the Atlantic, with 57 percent in the Netherlands, 56 percent in Sweden and the United Kingdom, 54 percent in Germany, Belgium, and Spain, 53 percent in France, 49 percent in Italy, and 45 percent in Greece, where, like France and Germany, 27 percent â€”the highest response recordedâ€”were of the opinion that the United States is not a model democracy today.
Across the Pacific, the tendency was even more pronounced. 73 percent of South Koreans, 67 percent of Japanese, 66 percent of Singaporeans, 64 percent of Australians, and 63 percent of Taiwanese and New Zealanders agreed that “democracy in the United States used to be a positive example, but hasn’t been in recent years.”
A majority of 57 percent of people in these 16 countries say the United States is no longer the democratic leader it once was, while 23 percent believe it never was and only 17 percent feel it still is.
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