Mark Dolliver’s Takes: Rate the Nations

With anti-Americanism on the rise in much of the world, Americans might easily have started to see hostility toward the U.S. as the world’s default condition. Instead, a survey by Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute finds people here making fine distinctions about other countries’ relations with the U.S. The chart below gives an indication of this. As is typical in such surveys, England and Canada garnered the best scores. (Most polls ask about Great Britain or the United Kingdom, but this one confined itself to England.) It’s more of a surprise to find India so high in the standings of countries regarded as friends of the U.S. In a similar Quinnipiac poll fielded last spring, India’s score was noticeably lower, at 52. Time will tell whether the new regime in France alters Americans’ opinions of how friendly or unfriendly that country is. As it is, France’s score is up from last spring’s 45. Indeed, scores have risen for all of the countries listed on this chart. It’s hard to think of an objective reason why that should be so. One hunch: Americans are simply growing weary of feeling that the whole world is against them. Finally, there was a gender gap in the data, with men giving friendlier scores on average than women did.