The reputation of the United States has taken a big hit among Brits during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new survey.
Just 28 percent of Britons polled by the British Foreign Policy Group in late April and early May said they now trusted the U.S. “to act responsibly in the world,” down 13 percentage points since January.
The drop was most notable among Conservative Party voters, who were previously more likely to have faith in Washington.
But regardless of their lack of confidence in the U.S., most Brits echoed President Donald Trump’s stance on China, with 83 percent saying they don’t trust Beijing’s intentions in the world (up 4 percentage points).
Meanwhile, Brits’ trust that the EU will act responsibly on the world stage has risen slightly, up 2 points since January to 60 percent, and a total of 75 percent said they had faith in Germany.
The coronavirus pandemic is now the issue of greatest concern to Britons (71 percent), with Brexit dropping into a distant second place, with fewer than 40 percent viewing it as a top issue.