Thirty-two percent of Europeans say after electing President Donald Trump in 2016, Americans can no longer be trusted, according to a new survey.
Germans were the most suspicious of Americans, with 53% of respondents saying they either strongly agree or agree that a post-Trump America cannot be trusted. Only Hungarians and Poles were much more likely to disagree with this statement than to agree with it.
More than 60% of respondents to the survey of 15,000 people in 11 European countries, commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations and conducted in November and December after the 2020 US election by Datapraxis and YouGov, also said that the American political system was “completely” Or “somewhat broken”. Eighty-one percent of Britons, 71% of Germans, and 66% of French people said the American system was broken.
Poland and Hungary were the two countries with the warmest views of the United States in the survey, with 56% of Hungarians and 58% of Poles saying the American political system works well or fairly well.
Fifty-nine percent of those polled said they believe China will become more powerful than the United States within 10 years – and a majority would like their country to remain neutral in a potential conflict between Washington and Beijing or Moscow.
Perceptions of the EU, meanwhile, improved in all the countries surveyed except Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain.