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The Top 5 Countries That Don’t Like The U.S.A. & The Top 5 Countries That Do

by SharonKurheg

We’d all love if the world was one big, happy global family but now, possibly more than ever, that’s definitely not the case. The reason(s) behind their not liking us usually have nothing to do with us as individual people as much as how politics, economics, American ideals, habits, attitudes, etc. all play roles in international relationships.

On the other hand, there are some countries that love the U.S. and much of what it stands for.

Whatever the case, knowing which countries like the U.S. and/or Americans vs. those that harbor bad feelings about us might be an influence for some people as to whether or not they visit said country. As always, Your Mileage May Vary.

So with that in mind, here are the top ten countries that have unfavorable views of Americans and the top ten countries that do.

Note: Pew Research has been surveying multiple countries about their opinions of the U.S. since 2002 The political climate is very different since then (gee, ya think?), so it’s interesting to see how their feelings have changed over the years. The most recent data they have is from 2018, and I’m including data from every 5 years as a comparison.

Also note: For various reasons, not all countries are surveyed every year. Some countries have never been surveyed, or weren’t surveyed in 2018, which I suspect skews the survey quite a bit.

Top 5 Countries That Don’t Like The U.S.

1. Germany & Russia (tie 66% unfavorable)

Past opinions:

Germany: 40% (2013), 66% (2008), 54% (2003)

Russia: 40% (2013), 48% (2008), 55% (2003)

2. Netherlands (62% unfavorable)

Past opinions: N/A 2013, 2008, 2003

3. Mexico (61% unfavorable)

Past opinions: 30% (2013), 44% (2008), N/A 2003

4. France (60% unfavorable)

Past opinions: 36% (2013), 57% (2008), 57% (2003)

5. Greece (59% unfavorable)

Past opinions: 57% (2013), N/a 2008, 2003


  • Jordan was not surveyed in 2018, but their unfavorable view of us in 2017 was 82%
  • Turkey was not surveyed in 2018, but their unfavorable view of us in 2017 was 79%
  • Lebanon was not surveyed in 2018, but their unfavorable view of us in 2017 was 64%
  • The United States’ view of the United States has been included in the survey since 2005. Our unfavorable opinions of ourselves in 2018 was 18%, which ties for all-time high with 2007. Our all-time low in the unfavorable opinion of ourselves was 9% in 2009.

Top 10 Countries That Like The U.S.

1. Israel & The Philippines (tie 83% favorable)

Past opinions:

Israel: 83% (2013), N/A 2008, 2003

The Philippines: 83% (2013), N/A 2008, 2003

2. South Korea (80% favorable)

Past opinions: 78% (2013), 78% (2008), 46% (2003)

3. Kenya & Poland (tie 70% favorable)

Past opinions:

Kenya: 81% (2013), N/A 2008, 2003

Poland: 67% (2013), 68% (2008), N/A 2003

4. Japan (67% favorable)

Past opinions: 69% (2013), 50% (2008), N/A 2003

5. Hungary (63% favorable)

Past opinions: N/A 2013, 2008, 2003


  • Uzbekistan was only surveyed  for one year – 2002 – and had an 85% favorable view of us
  • Vietnam was not surveyed in 2018, but their favorable view of us in 2017 was 84%
  • Ethiopia and Honduras were only surveyed once, in 2015 and 2002 respectively, but their favorable views of us were 81% each
  • The United States’ view of the United States has been included in the survey since 2005. Our favorable opinions of ourselves in 2018 was 79%, with an all-time low of favorable view of 76% in 2006, and all-time high favorable opinion of ourselves of 88% in 2009.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


DaninMCI September 17, 2019 - 9:24 am

Fun but seems like who you might ask. A government or official of a country might have an unfavorable view of another country while the people of that country have a different view.

SharonKurheg September 17, 2019 - 9:42 am

Agreed. Still interesting, though.

derek September 17, 2019 - 11:12 am

This is a complex question. Political allies of the United States are different from friendly people. Some cultures are superficial friendly but actually have a lot of hate or are cold. Others are rude to begin with but do develop deep friendships.

The ratings are way off. I believe both the North Korean people and the DPRK government hates America more than #1 hate ranked Germany.

I believe Singapore has a high love relationship with America and the US Government.

Australia is not mentioned. Canada has a love/hate relationship with Americans and America.

DT September 17, 2019 - 12:37 pm

I don’t know who they surveyed, but it doesn’t match feedback from my recent trips. For instance in talking to local Germans, there was very little negative feelings towards US citizens. And, as for the Netherlands, they are still grateful (and openly express it) towards the US for freeing them from the Germans (WWII). Everyone I spoke to had a positive experience about the US. Now, I understand there are exceptions, and that they might not like a policy or two, but nothing of the magnitude indicated above (over 60%).

Christian September 17, 2019 - 2:18 pm

I’d like to know a lot more about the polling. My wife and I were in Greece last year with another couple and not only were we never made to feel unwelcome, we were welcomed with wide open arms. This mirrored earlier visits. I’d like to know more about the questions asked. For instance, were people asked whether they dislike the US people or the US government? Our foreign policy isn’t exactly making friends abroad right now, which is certainly influencing the numbers.

roger adams September 17, 2019 - 10:02 pm

Keep in mind that since the United States isn’t racially, ethnically, religiously, ideologically or politically homogenous whether one likes the U.S. or not means different things, Personally as a Christian conservative libertarian I don’t like the U.S. as a whole or say 50-55% of the people who live here, but for different reasons than others on the opposite side.


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