There is widespread global concern that the United States cannot be trusted to act responsibly in the world, according to a multinational poll released here on Wednesday.
But while there is broad international frustration with how the United States conducts its foreign policy, few people around the world want the United States to completely back off its role as a global policeman, the poll found.
"There's clearly a trend in terms of deepening negative attitudes to the US in how it executes foreign policy," said Christopher Whitney, executive director for studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs which helped coordinate the 18-country study. The United States has long faced criticism internationally for its interventionalist foreign policy, Whitney said.
This survey found that the frustration is broader in scope than previously thought and has deepened in the wake of the war in Iraq.
But mixed with this frustration is an understanding that the US has a significant role to play internationally and should not withdraw completely, Whitney said.
He noted there was not consistent support for closing US military bases overseas and that many respondents felt that their bilateral relationship with the United States was improving.
"It is not a consistent message of 'we don't want the US to be involved,' it's more nuanced," Whitney said.
The most stark results were those showing a lack of trust that the United States would act responsibly and a sense that it had overreached on the global stage.