Americans rate Canada and Great Britain as favorite countries but have the lowest regard for Russia and North Korea. Democrats prefer Mexico and Ukraine, while Republicans have a higher regard for Israel.
These are some of the findings of Gallup's annual World Affairs survey.
Gallup asked respondents to rate 21 countries as very favorable, mostly favorable, very unfavorable, or mostly unfavorable.
Americans typically favor countries that have positive relations with the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain consistently rank at the top of the list, followed this time by France, Japan, and Germany, with at least 80% favorability ratings.
Taiwan, India, Israel, Ukraine, and Egypt earn favorable scores ranging from 68% to 77%, while Brazil (64%) and Mexico (59%) are lower.
In addition to Russia and North Korea, seven countries have mostly negative images, viewed favorably by less than half of Americans. Among them are Cuba (42%), Saudi Arabia (30%), and the Palestinian Authority (26%). The favorability of Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and Iran is only in the teens.
North Korea's favorable rating has never been higher than 31% and has not risen above 15% in more than 20 years of Gallup polling. Also, Afghanistan and four Middle Eastern nations — Iran, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority, and Saudi Arabia — have been viewed unfavorably by majorities in all of Gallup's readings this century.
Favorability for China and Russia are at record-lowest points, Gallup noted. The two countries, which are allied, continue to be viewed as the greatest enemies of the U.S., according to Gallup polling.
India also slipped seven points in its favorability rating. India has not condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and is still buying oil from Russia, despite sanctions.
Americans' view of Mexico slipped four points, with crime, drug cartels, and illegal migrants in the news. Republicans' opinion of Mexico is lower than that of Democrats.
Republicans (80%) are more favorably disposed toward Israel than Democrats (57%), while Democrats are more likely to have positive views of Ukraine and the Palestinian Authority than Republicans.
Results for the poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 1-23 with a random sample of 1,008 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is plus-4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
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