SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — American pride is widespread on our own soil.
“I love America, I was born in America, and raised here in America and I love my United States,” Francisca Espada, from Springfield, told 22News about her American pride.
However, how highly Americans think of themselves may not be as impact the nation’s global power as much as how the rest of the world thinks of the U.S.
“A country’s power is not just about its military and its economy, it’s what political scientists and historians call ‘soft power’ and the way that soft power can be exercised is a lot to do with how the world sees us,” Western New England University professor of History John Baick told 22News.
Baick said when the rest of the world has a favorable view of the U.S. and the president, it boosts the county’s ability to exercise power.
The latest Pew Research study shows that an average of 70 percent of the world’s nations now have a favorable opinion of the U.S. Some of the reasons why includes a high level of support for the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, a higher view of the U.S. as an economic power than one year ago, and other nations say they support U.S. efforts to grow their Trans- Pacific Partnership.
The Pew study surveyed 40 nations and shows there is growing confidence in President Barack Obama. But the U.S. lost some global support from its post-9/11 interrogations and exposure of its surveillance programs.