How We Feel About the Europeans, and Vice Versa

Europeans see Americans as “keen consumers” (62 percent), “manipulative” (55 percent), “bold/daring” (48 percent), “selfish” (47 percent) and “aggressive” (45 percent), according to a British Council/GlobeScan/Program on International Policy Attitudes poll. Americans view Europeans as “keen consumers” (39 percent), “respectful” (36 percent), “sensible” (35 percent), “collaborative” (35 percent) and “snobbish” (34 percent).

The same survey found 91 percent of U.S. respondents saying they favor closer relations with Europe. European respondents were less likely to reciprocate, with 62 percent favoring closer relations with the U.S. In France, the figure was just 39 percent.

Americans have a favorable view of the European Union, with 57 percent saying its overall influence on the world is positive, vs. 20 percent saying its influence is negative.