Survey: Most European voters have little trust in US

Survey: Most European voters have little trust in US
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European citizens largely trust the European Union more than the United States, with respondents in 14 countries saying they either trust the EU more or trust neither, according to a new poll from the European Council on Foreign Relations.

The widest split between respondents who trusted the EU versus the U.S. was found in Austria, where 3 percent said they trusted the U.S. more versus 60 percent saying they trusted the EU more and 34 percent saying they trusted neither.


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The split was narrowest in Italy, where 35 percent trusted the EU, 15 percent trusted the U.S. and 37 percent trusted neither, and Hungary, where pollsters found 39 percent trusted the EU, 14 percent trusted the U.S. and 36 percent trusted neither.

In four nations — Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic and France — a plurality said they trusted neither the U.S. nor the EU.

The report also found a wide split, particularly by party affiliation, in whether Europeans believed their nation should invest in defense capabilities through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or through the EU.

Author Susi Dennison told Forbes the results can largely be attributed to President Trump sowing doubt about the relationship between the U.S. and European allies.

“Our polling confirms that Trump is toxic in Europe, and that this is feeding into distrust of the U.S. Security Guarantee,” Dennison, director of the European Power program at ECFR, told Forbes.

“The fact that Europeans are split on whether defense resources should go to the EU or NATO suggests that they no longer have the confidence in the alliance they once had,” she added.

The poll was conducted among 60,000 Europeans by the European Council on Foreign Relations and YouGov.