Are the countries that Americans think are friendly to the U.S. actually friendly to the U.S.?

… How well do Americans understand who are the nation’s friends and foes in international affairs? Not too badly, it turns out.

The polling organization YouGov asked 7,150 Americans between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 to assess a random selection of 15 of 144 countries. …

Many scholars and commentators allege that the American public is ignorant about foreign affairs. That’s true by many measures. But in the aggregate, the public does have a pretty clear sense of who the United States’ foes and friends are. We will see whether that means Trump’s popularity will take a hit if he picks fights with countries the public thinks are our friends. CONT.

Erik Voeten (Georgetown), Monkey Cage