UK, Canada Seen As Top U.S. Allies; N. Korea, Iran As Top Enemies

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters see both Canada and the United Kingdom (Great Britain) as allies of the United States. Just 2% see them as enemies. The rest think they are somewhere in between.

A national survey also found that most voters also see France (66%), Germany (57%), and Israel (53%) as allies.

On the other side of the coin, 71% see North Korea as an enemy, 64% say the same about Iran, and 51% hold that view of Russia.

Perceptions of China and Mexico are more mixed. Thirty percent (30%) see China as an enemy and 15% as an ally. For Mexico, the numbers are more positive–39% say ally and 9% enemy. For both, a majority either aren’t sure or think they’re somewhere in between.

Democrats are somewhat more likely than Republicans to see Russia as an enemy. Republicans are somewhat more likely than Democrats to see Israel as an ally (see question wording and crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that 41% of Republican voters believe illegal immigration is the nation’s top national security threat. Only 3% of Democrats share that view. For Democrats, 26% name terrorism as the top threat with climate change as number two, cited by 23%. Only 3% of Republicans agree see climate change as the top threat.

The survey also found that 68% of voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the United Nations. Sixty-six percent (66%) say the same about the European Union.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 23-24, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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