Early in Barack Obama’s first term, 78 percent of Germans stated that the US as a “Country that could be trusted.” Now, after numerous reports of internal and external spying by the Obama administration have come out, the US is no longer seen as trustworth by German citizens.
A German poll yesterday showed that now only 49 percent of Germans see the US as a trustworthy country. This is the lowest number since the Bush administration. This poll was taken soon after news broke that the Obama administration had bugged numerous US embassies in order to spy on their allies. This news sparked a divide between Europe and America, with numerous Europeans leaders still demanding that Obama explain his actions.
German Citizens trust is also at an all-time low in regards to their own country and Europe as a whole. Only 63 percent of Germans see the United Kingdom as trustworthy and only 33 percent view Germany as being capable of preventing other nations from spying on them.
Germany currently finds itself in a period of political instability after the country elected its first Christian Democrat in 2005. The growing displeasure of the German people implies that change may be near; however, the support for the Democratic Party is at 42 percent, the highest it has ever been.
A common dig at the George W. Bush’s time in office is that through a number of actions, Bush corroded America’s reputation in the world. Many assumed that Barack Obama would work to rebuild America’s image, and for many years he did, but now it seems that America is again losing favor to other countries.
Barack Obama has work to do in regaining trust of the American people, as well as foreign allies that he has perturbed via his ongoing surveillance programs. Barack Obama got caught, and now he must fix the mess he has made.