Median approval in Asian countries of US leadership jumps in 2021: Gallup


Median approval of U.S. leadership jumped 10% between 2020 and 2021 in Asia and even more in several Southeast Asian countries, according to a new analysis of Gallup surveys.

The analysis comes just weeks before a special summit the White House will host with Southeast Asian leaders.

An analysis of Gallup surveys released on Friday shows median approval of American leadership stood at 41% in Asia in 2021, up from 31% the previous year.

The Asian countries that gave the highest ratings to American leadership are the Philippines (71%), Myanmar (65%), Mongolia (60%) and South Korea (59%).

The Asian countries that give the lowest scores for American leadership are Iran (seven percent), Afghanistan (14 percent), Turkey (22 percent) and Pakistan (23 percent).

The Asian countries where Gallup surveys noticed the biggest change in US leadership approval ratings between 2020 and 2021 occurred in Laos (a 30% increase), South Korea (29% increase) and in Vietnam (24% increase).

China was not included in the surveys.

The development comes as the White House announced last week that it would host a special summit for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The summit “will demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to ASEAN, recognizing its central role in providing lasting solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges, and commemorating 45 years of U.S.-ASEAN relations. ASEAN” and “will build on President Biden’s attendance at the October US-ASEAN Summit 2021 meeting,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Gallup analysis of the surveys includes 33 countries and Taiwan-the Republic of China, which were conducted between April 2021 and January 2022. The margin of sampling error is between +/- 2.8 percentage points and + /- five percentage points with a rate of 95%. a level of trust.


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