A survey of thousands of Europeans showed that most of them are increasingly negative towards the United States as a result of the crisis with coronavirus, and only 2% of Europeans surveyed expressed the opinion that the United States is a “useful” ally in the fight against COVID-19.
A survey of 11,000 respondents from nine European countries, commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), showed that almost all the countries surveyed had an increasingly negative perception of the United States.
In Denmark, Portugal, France, Germany and Spain, about two-thirds of those surveyed said their opinions about the United States worsened during the health crisis, the ECFR research center, which studies European foreign and security policies, said on Monday. ,
This opinion was especially noticeable in France and Germany, where 46% and 42% respectively said that their view of the United States “significantly” worsened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Poland and Bulgaria were the only countries where most people said that their views on the United States “did not change.”
“The proportion of respondents who felt that the United States was a key ally in the crisis was incredibly small, with the largest share in Italy being only 6%,” said the report, based on data from ECFR foreign policy experts, Suzy Dennison and Pavel Zerka, noted.
“In a frightening world, everyone is looking for friends. But Europeans are not sure who they can rely on. As the ECFR pan-European survey in 2019 showed, Europeans preferred the idea of a strong enough EU to not be forced to choose the parties to the conflict, but, ultimately, it will usually be on the US side in comparison with any other ally. Now Europeans’ confidence in Trump’s America has disappeared. “
The authors of the report claim that many respondents said they were “shocked” by the United States. ” response to a global solution to the coronavirus crisis, although the White House has repeatedly denied that it has coped with the pandemic.
The survey also showed that Covid-19 reinforced Europeans’ negativity towards Russia (which, it is believed, did not play an active international role in resolving the crisis) and China, where the pandemic was first registered in December. This was especially true in France and Denmark, where 62% of respondents reported a more negative attitude towards China.
Interestingly, 25% of respondents in Italy consider China to be the most useful ally in the crisis, the result of which may be that China sent fans, medical experts and personal protective equipment to Italy, where a European outbreak occurred in February.
“Alone in the world”
The authors of the report argue that the coronavirus crisis seems to have stimulated public support for the European Union to take more coordinated measures to deal with global threats and that Europeans have realized that “they are alone in the world.”
However, only a few respondents rated the EU’s response to coronavirus positively, and when asked “who was your country’s best ally during the crisis with coronavirus,” most respondents from seven countries answered “no”.
“The Covid-19 crisis caught up with the European public by a reality that European foreign ministries have suspected for some time. Europeans are ultimately lonely and vulnerable, ”says report author Susie Dennison.
“Europeans have digested the fact that the US is no longer necessarily friends for Europe in difficult times. As Germany becomes the EU presidency next month, this important shift in public opinion about the US could push European governments to continue. a more independent line in restoring international order after Covid-19. “
A pan-European study was conducted on the Datapraxis and YouGov sites in nine EU Member States in the last week of April 2020 and early May. In France and Germany, 2000 people were interviewed in each country, and in Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, 1000 people were interviewed in each country.