As Joe Biden begins his first full day in the Oval Office on Thursday, much of the world is optimistic about his presidency and US leadership – though Russia and the United States itself are two notable exceptions – according to a new report from YouGov and Friedrich. Ebert Foundation New York.
Biden received positive reviews from the rest of the world even before he took office. More than 60 percent of those surveyed in France, Mexico, India and Indonesia said they approved of it, and 73 percent of those surveyed in Germany and almost 90 percent in Kenya were rated. The view within the USA is not that rosy. Only half of those polled are positive about their new president (although that's still better than former President Donald Trump's personal worst approval rating of 34 percent when he stepped down). The land with the worst prospect of Biden? Russia with only 23 percent approval.
Part of the explanation for Biden's high approval ratings even before he took office is simply who he replaces. Trump was largely unpopular with U.S. allies as he clashed with NATO, attempted to withdraw troops from Germany, impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico, and shake out more money for troops from Japan and South Korea. Trump received low trust ratings from traditional allies France, Germany and the UK Pew Research Center.
The world very much hopes that Biden can show more leadership on key issues like COVID-19, climate change, human rights, terrorism, gender equality, protection of minority populations and democratic freedoms.
He has already started making these changes. On his first day in officeBiden signed a number of executive orders– –including those Implementation of a mask mandate for federal property, increased support for underserved communities, end of travel bans for several predominantly Muslim countries and re-entry into the Paris climate agreement. On Thursday, COVID-19 showed men Anthony Fauci said the United States would rejoin the World Health Organization and work with the global coalition to make vaccines available.
It's not just the respondents who are happy about the change. "After four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House again," said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Biden's inauguration was a "good day for democracy," while Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was looking forward to a new chapter in German-American friendship and cooperation.
Even the Trump-friendly British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Biden's election as "fantastic for America" and particularly praised the US return to the Paris Agreement. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also expressed her excitement, saying she was "very happy to say" Cheerio "to Donald Trump," adding "don't hurry back."
The South African government did not speak publicly about the US elections, it spoke out loud CNNIt welcomes a return to multilateralism. The view from Indonesia is similar: A. Researcher The Jakarta-based Institute for Economic and Financial Development suggests that Biden will ease the tensions in the US-China trade war that weighed on world trade and growth, allowing demand for goods from Indonesia to rebound.
But not everyone is looking forward to the Biden administration. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was one of the last leading politicians in the world to congratulate the former US Vice President on his victory, reportedly underscored how much he was in a phone call with Biden missing Trump card. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had a warm relationship with Trump, is said to have done so no plans Call Biden.
On the day of the inauguration, a Kremlin spokesman told reporters, "Nothing will change for Russia."