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The following article is based on my new journal article with Alexander Agadjanian -- “Has Trump Damaged the U.S. Image Abroad? Decomposing the Effects of Policy Messages on Foreign Public Opinion,” Political Behavior, 42(2): 581-602, 2020.

Trump has a surprisingly limited impact on how other countries’ citizens view U.S. foreign policy, study suggests

Research appearing in the June 2020 issue of Political Behavior suggests that any damage that President Donald Trump causes to the international image of the United States is not irreparable. The study, which examined attitudes in Japan, found that people are more influenced more by policy content than by the person delivering the message.

To find out, we surveyed midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King, second from right, testifies on Capitol Hill in February about being transgender in the military. From left, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, King and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Akira Wyatt. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
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