Survey: U.S. health care system and state of democracy perceived negatively abroad

American health systems, including how they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state of democracy in the country are viewed negatively abroad, according to the latest Pew Research Center report Released monday.

The survey, conducted in 17 advanced economies of 18,850 respondents, shows that the US health care system is perceived as below average or the worst among developed countries, and that very few respondents believe that American democracy in its current state is considered good Model for other nations.

Among the results, a median of 48 percent said the U.S. health care system is below average, while 18 percent consider it the worst of the developed world. Earlier Pew polls have also indicated that non-Americans are largely critical of the United States’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two in ten people in Australia, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden said American health care was the worst among developed nations. Only in Taiwan, Greece, Japan and Singapore does at least a quarter rate it as above average or best.

In addition, many respondents expressed significant doubts about the health of American democracy: only 17 percent believe that democracy in the United States is a good model for other nations, while 57 percent think it used to be a good example but not in the United States last years. Americans also largely question the state of their own democracy – 72 percent said their democracy used to be a good example, but is no longer a good example.

The poll found that people in general say the US is more respectful of individual freedoms now than it was in 2018 under former President Donald Trump. In many countries, however, the United States is rated even more negatively on this issue than it was in the White House during Barack Obama’s time.

Among other findings, the report concludes that the US is viewed negatively in advanced economies for discrimination issues, while it is viewed positively in terms of technology, entertainment, military, and universities.


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