The US's popularity among its allies has surged since Biden became president, a new poll indicates

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The poll suggests the world's opinion of the US has improved with President Joe Biden in office. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images
  • The US has become more popular among allies since Joe Biden's inauguration, a poll indicates.

  • Favorable views rose by a 9-point average under Biden among countries polled by Morning Consult.

  • Polls indicated that perceptions of the US declined significantly while Donald Trump was in office.

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The US has become a significantly more popular country among several of its traditional allies since President Joe Biden's inauguration in January, a poll has indicated.

The poll, published Tuesday and carried out by Morning Consult, found that favorable views increased dramatically since Biden's inauguration among the countries that were polled.

The shift of opinion was most dramatic in Germany, where the percentage of people who viewed the US favorably increased by 22 points - to 46% in April from 24% in January.

Favorability toward the US also increased by more than 10 points in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK. Favorable views increased by an average of 9 points among the 14 countries that were polled, Morning Consult said.

Polls indicated that perceptions of the US declined significantly during President Donald Trump's time in office.

His handling of the coronavirus pandemic was widely criticized, while experts warned that his attacks on other world leaders, multilateral institutions including NATO, and the World Health Organization had significantly damaged the reputation of the US.

Perception of the US in China declined significantly since Biden entered office, however, the poll found, with the number of adults in China holding unfavorable views increasing by 9 points since Biden's inauguration.

Biden's administration has pledged to take a similarly tough stance toward China as Trump did, and he has described his policy approach toward China's increasing economic might as "extreme competition."

"Most Western Europeans, and Germans are most emblematic here, dislike a hawkish US foreign policy, for which reason George W. had pretty bad approval ratings. With Trump, this effect just exponentiated," Christian Welzel, the vice president of the World Values Survey Association, told Morning Consult.

"Biden is widely considered as a more than welcome relief, especially with the return to the Paris accord and his administration's attempt to recover the transatlantic bond."

The January poll was conducted January 11-20, and the April poll was conducted April 16-25. At least 1,100 adults were polled in each country. The margins of error for the responses ranged between 1 point and 3 points.

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