Which Countries Hate America the Most?
Some countries hate the United States, while others love it. Many factors, including American ideas about democracy and the policies of President Donald Trump, influence global opinions about America. Most countries see things they like and things they dislike happening in the U.S. But people in some nations think that the bad far outweighs the good — and gives them good reason to dislike America.
Below, check out the countries that hate America the most, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.
- Unfavorability rating: 47%
Chile starts off the list of the countries that hate America. 47% of the Chilean public gave the United States an unfavorable rating. That means that only a little more than half of the population has a positive opinion of the U.S. The U.S. State Department characterizes Chile as “one of the United States’ strongest partners in Latin America.” But Chileans, along with residents of other Latin American countries, resent Donald Trump’s limited definition of America. And of course, they don’t appreciate the president’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
Next: This country doesn’t understand America’s obsession with individual rights.
- Unfavorability rating: 48%
Next on the list is Australia. There, 48% of the public gives the United States an unfavorable rating. Australia’s ABC Online reported back in 2010 that “The presidency of George W. Bush has elevated anti-Americanism to a global sport” in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Things don’t seem to have gotten better with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
In fact, The New York Times reports that Australians marvel now more than ever at “the American love affair with individual rights over the collective.” Many people in Australia believe that the “American propensity for self-empowerment fuels both the white nationalist and anti-racist counter-protester.”
Next: This country used to love the United States.
- Unfavorability rating: 51%
Canada hasn’t always disapproved of its neighbor. But Pew found that 51% of the Canadian public now has an unfavorable opinion of the United States. Unfortunately, Donald Trump and his policies likely have a lot to do with that. As The Toronto Star explains, the Pew data shows that a majority of Canadians now dislike the U.S. for the first time in at least 35 years (though possibly much longer).
Nonetheless, the paper admitted that Canada “also has a long tradition of anti-Americanism.” As a historian tells the publication, “Most Canadians think, I believe, that the Americans go into periodic episodes of utter craziness, and they’re in one now.”
Next: Some Americans love this Scandinavian country, but it doesn’t love them back.
- Unfavorability rating: 51%
“Liberal America has a Sweden fetish,” as Good Magazine puts it. But no part of the Scandinavian country appears to feel the same way about the United States. Pew found that 51% of the Swedish public gives the U.S. an unfavorable rating. Donald Trump has only renewed American fantasies for “the apparent liberal wonderland” that is Sweden. But he has also further alienated real-life Sweden.
Yet the Local reported even in 2011 that “The U.S. divides opinion in Sweden. To some it is the land of the free, to others the home of the depraved.” That division likely won’t go away anytime soon — at least not as long as Trump sits in the Oval Office.
Next: Many Americans hate this country, and it returns the favor.
- Unfavorability rating: 52%
Many Americans dislike Russia. And Russia hates the United States back. Pew found that 52% of the Russian public gives the U.S. an unfavorable rating. The New York Times reported in 2015 that Russia has long resented the United States. Yet “Anti-Americanism is more potent now because it is stirred up and in many ways sponsored by the state, an effort that Russians, despite their hard-bitten cynicism, seem surprisingly susceptible to.”
More recently, Vanity Fair reported that Russians are frightened and flummoxed by Donald Trump. But Russians also poke fun at America and Americans. In fact, many see in Americans “a profound stupidity, a myopia, a lack of insight—into Russia, into themselves.”
Next: This American country looks disdainfully at the U.S., especially Donald Trump.
- Unfavorability rating: 52%
Americans have long felt that France hates the United States. And Pew’s data doesn’t offer a very reassuring picture. In fact, 52% of the French public has an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Slate reported in 2003 that the Bush administration’s policies before and after 9/11 at least partially “explain the French distaste for the United States.” The French seemed much more receptive to Barack Obama.
But Donald Trump gets only a cool welcome in France. (And elsewhere in Europe.) In fact, the French hate Donald Trump more than they hate Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chinese president Xi Jinping, and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Next: This country thinks of the U.S. as a scapegoat.
- Unfavorability rating: 53%
Pew found that 53% of the Greek public dislikes America. A Gallup report in 2013 indicated that Greece’s growing dislike for the United States seemed to coincide “with the country’s economic tailspin.” So the unfavorability may not be all our fault. After all, many countries with economic or political challenges tend to look to the U.S., “a symbol of privileged first-world free-market capitalism,” as a scapegoat.
Yet you can’t let the United States totally off the hook, either. Many world leaders, including Greece’s prime minister, warned about Donald Trump’s “evil” ideas during his presidential campaign. While those leaders have had to backtrack, Greece’s disdain for Trump and his policies hasn’t gone away.
Next: This country believes many stereotypes about Americans.
- Unfavorability rating: 59%
Pew found that a full 59% of the Dutch public gives the United States an unfavorable rating. By some accounts, the Dutch regard Americans as ignorant, fat, and “rabid” about their right to carry guns anywhere. People in the Netherlands would also characterize Americans as racists, as extremist Christians, as loud, and even as paranoid.
But many voters in the Netherlands view the U.S. as home to more than those stereotypes. Many worried that the surge of populism ushered in by Donald Trump could come for Holland next — an outcome that most clearly didn’t want. In fact, the Dutch even feared election-meddling from America just as the U.S. argued over meddling by Russia.
Next: This European country has a reputation for anti-Americanism.
- Unfavorability rating: 60%
Another country that seems to hate America? Spain, where 60% of the public gives the U.S. an unfavorable rating. As in other countries, anti-Americanism in Spain isn’t a new phenomenon. Disagreements over the war on terrorism and other important foreign policy issues seems at least partly to blame.
Plus, Spain’s choice to support the U.S. in Iraq — despite popular opposition — grew even more unpopular when a jailed al Qaeda leader linked the March 11 Madrid bombings to the war in Iraq. Anti-American sentiment only grew as George W. Bush escalated the war on terror. Pew found that few Spaniards have confidence in Donald Trump. Trump’s response to a recent attack in Barcelona likely didn’t help.
Next: This North African nation has a negative outlook on many things, including America.
- Unfavorability rating: 61%
In the North African country of Tunisia, Pew found that 61% of the public gives the United States an unfavorable rating. A few factors at play? Political upheaval, for one. Mass demonstrations in Tunisia set the tone for the Arab Spring. The movement hoped to bring in new governments that would deliver political reform, but instead ushered in more war and violence, according to Amnesty International.
Tunisia emerged as the only relative success story, with a new constitution in place. But Amnesty International reports that human rights remain under attack. Barack Obama focused on aiding Tunisia with its economy and security. But at least so far, Donald Trump seems ambivalent about the relationship between the two countries.
Next: This European view has long harbored resentment for the United States.
- Unfavorability rating: 62%
In Germany, Pew found that 62% of the public gives the United States an unfavorable rating. That lands Germany in the top five among the countries that hate America the most. Most German public television channels portray Donald Trump in a negative light. Plus, Germans hate Trump’s anti-European Union views.
But there’s evidence that at least some of the problem predates Trump. Only about 50% of Germans expressed positive views for Barack Obama in 2015. And it hasn’t sat well with Germany that America “more or less does what it believes to be in the best interests of itself and its allies” without listening to Germany’s advice.
Next: This country likes Donald Trump better than his predecessor, but still hates the United States.
- Unfavorability rating: 64%
Another country that definitely hates the United States? Lebanon. There, Pew found that 64% of the public gives the U.S. an unfavorable rating. 64% sounds pretty bad. But there may be a silver lining. While Pew found that Donald Trump’s election hurt the U.S.’s image in many parts of the world, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Lebanon.
Surprisingly enough, Donald Trump has become more popular than his predecessor in many parts of the Middle East, including in Lebanon. Lebanon has been overwhelmed by the civil war in its neighbor, Syria. And the country seems to hope that Trump will change what it sees as a “big gap between America’s inspirational rhetoric and its actions.”
Next: This country has a pretty good reason to dislike the U.S., and especially Donald Trump.
- Unfavorability rating: 65%
In Mexico, the percentage of the public that gives the United States an unfavorable rating has soared to 65%. And it’s not hard to figure out why. Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, plus his anti-immigrant rhetoric, haven’t proven popular in Mexico. Yet USA Today reports that Mexico has another good reason to resent the United States.
USA Today explains, “Americans often forget that a large part of the United States once belonged to Mexico. But most Mexicans are keenly aware that the United States, eager to expand West, invaded Mexico and the two countries fought a war from 1846 to 1848.” The publication adds, “When it was over, Mexico lost half its territory to the United States, including the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. ”
Next: Numerous issues plague the U.S.’s relationship with this country.
- Unfavorability rating: 79%
Tensions between the United States and Turkey have escalated. And you can tell by looking at the Pew Research Center’s numbers. A whopping 79% of the Turkish public has an unfavorable opinion of the United States. CNN reports that there are “several sticking points that have been eating away at the US-Turkey alliance for years.” Those include Washington’s irritation over detentions in Turkey, as well as controversy over Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim Turkish cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S.
Also a problem? Turkey’s opposition to U.S. support for an alliance of rebel fighters that includes a Kurdish faction. The countries also differ in their opinions on a brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington. And of course they disagree on Turkey’s “gold-for-oil” scandal involving Iran.
Next: This Arab country could use America’s help, but doesn’t have a positive view of the U.S.
- Unfavorability rating: 82%
As for the country that hates America the most? That would be Jordan, where 82% of the public has an unfavorable opinion of the United States. This Arab country’s interests align with American support for peace and opposition to terrorism in the Middle East. And Jordan has served as a base for U.S. air operations against ISIS in Syria, where the war has displaced millions of people, thousands of whom have settled in Jordan.
Jordan’s small size and weak economy have made it reliant on international aid, including from the United States. Trump had a great opportunity to expand and improve the U.S. relationship with Jordan — but so far hasn’t taken many positive steps.
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