US Vice President Kamala Harris is attracting mostly positive reviews in 18 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center this spring.
This analysis from the Pew Research Center focuses on attitudes toward US Vice President Kamala Harris in 18 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. This article is based on nationally representative surveys of 20,944 adults from February 14 to June 3, 2022. All surveys were conducted by telephone among adults in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany , Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. The surveys were conducted face-to-face in Hungary, Poland and Israel and online in Australia.
Here are the questions used for this analysis, along with the answers. Visit our methodological database for more information on survey methods.
A median of 55% of adults in these countries trust Harris to do the right thing in global affairs, including half or more who share this view in 14 countries. Trust in Harris is particularly high in Sweden, where 77% of adults view her positively.
Trust in Harris is lowest in Hungary, where just 23% say they trust the vice president to do the right thing on global affairs. Hungary is also the country where the highest proportion did not answer the question (36%).
Trust in Harris is roughly comparable to international trust in US President Joe Biden, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. A median of about six in ten people trust each of these three leaders to do the right thing when it comes to global affairs – slightly more than the median of 55% who trusts the US vice president. Harris’ ratings far exceed those of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is viewed positively by a median of 18% of adults, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is viewed positively by a median of just 9% in the countries surveyed.
Harris held various internationally-focused responsibilities during her tenure as Vice President. Those responsibilities included a high-profile trip to Europe at the start of the war in Ukraine and coordinating relations with Central American leaders to stem the flow of migrants arriving at the southern border of the United States.
Trust in Harris is gendered in some countries, with women significantly more likely than men to express trust in his handling of global affairs. For example, 68% of Canadian women have a positive view of Harris, while only about half of Canadian men (51%) say the same. Significant differences between men and women also appear in Singapore, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Sweden and the Netherlands.
In some countries, older people are more likely to trust Harris than younger people. This age gap is widest in Belgium, where 73% of people aged 50 and over trust Harris, compared to just 51% of those aged 18-29. Older people are also more likely to trust the US vice president in Canada, France, Germany and Greece. In Singapore, Poland and Malaysia, the opposite is true: younger people say they trust Harris more than older people. Older adults in Malaysia are also less likely to answer the question.
The ideology is also tied to Harris’ views in some places. In six countries, those on the ideological left are significantly more likely than those on the right to trust Harris. Greece is the only country where the reverse is true: 54% of Greeks on the ideological right trust Harris, against only 32% of those on the left.
In addition to gender, age, and ideological differences in some places, opinions of Harris are closely tied to opinions of the US president.
For example, people in Sweden, the Netherlands and Poland report some of the most positive views of Harris, with around seven in ten or more saying they trust her to do the right thing when it comes to global affairs. . People in these countries also report some of the highest levels of trust in Biden. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Hungarians are the least likely to express confidence in both Harris and Biden.
Note: The following are the questions used for this analysis, along with the responses. Visit our methodological database for more information on survey methods.
Aidan Connaughton is a research assistant specializing in global attitude research at the Pew Research Center.