U.S. Response to Coronavirus Pandemic Rates Poorly in International Poll

The U.S. response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has been rated poorly in an international poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Across the 13 countries polled, an average of just 15 percent of respondents said the U.S. has done a good job at responding to the pandemic.

The Pew Research Center used data from nationally representative surveys of 13,273 adults from June 10 to August 3 in Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Among the countries polled, Spain ranked the highest in respondents saying the U.S. did a good job at handling the pandemic, at just 20 percent. Following behind was Italy (18 percent), while 16 percent in both Canada and the UK agreed.

According to the poll, South Korea and Denmark had the highest percentages of respondents saying the U.S. did a bad job at handling the pandemic, as 93 percent and 92 percent said so, respectively.

By contrast, in most of the countries polled respondents said that the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union (EU) and their own country did a good job of handling the pandemic. According to the poll, an average of 64 percent said the WHO did a good job, while 57 percent said the same for the EU and 74 percent agreed for their own country.

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A man wears a protective mask as he sits in Times Square on March 12, 2020 in New York City. Gary Hershorn/Getty

The poll also found an average of 37 percent across the 13 countries saying China did a good job at handling the pandemic. While the U.S. has seen the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus, it is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, before spreading across the globe.

According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 6.5 million confirmed cases of the novel virus in the U.S., which is around 1.6 million more than India, the country with the second most confirmed cases, and over 2 million more than Brazil, which has the third most.

The poll also found the U.S. receiving record low favorability ratings across several countries. According to the poll, 41 percent of respondents in the UK said they have a favorable opinion of the U.S., which is the lowest percentage found in any Pew Research survey there.

Across other countries, 31 percent in France expressed a favorable opinion of the U.S., as did 26 percent in Germany, 41 percent in Japan, 35 percent in Canada and 33 percent in Australia.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.