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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States' image around the world has sharply improved since President Biden took office after dipping during the Trump administration, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 16 countries.

The big picture: The high marks come as Biden embarks on his first overseas trip as president. Though opinions of the U.S. have broadly increased internationally, people in allied countries did not express great confidence in the U.S. as an ally and were also concerned about its domestic politics.

By the numbers: More than 6 in 10 people in the surveyed countries said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs.

  • In 12 of the surveyed countries, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden, compared with 17% for Trump in 2020.
  • A median of 62% across 12 nations had a favorable overall opinion of the U.S., while only 34% held that view last year.

The big picture: Across the 16 countries, a median of 56% said the U.S. is "somewhat reliable," 11% described it as "very reliable" and 26% said it was "not too reliable."

  • Only a median of 6% said the U.S.' political system works "very" well, while 44% said it works "somewhat" well and 32% said it works "not too" well.
  • A median of 57% said U.S. democracy used to be a good model for other nations to emulate, but it has not been in recent years.

Between the lines: It's unclear whether the uptick in favorability and confidence will translate to better cooperation between the U.S. and its allies.

  • Biden is trying to use his first foreign trip to reinvigorate the relationship between the U.S. and its European allies. But the bond and its shared objectives may not be as coherent as he thinks they are, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.

Methodology: Pew Research Center conducted telephone surveys with a total of 16,254 adults in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.K. from March 12 through May 26.

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By the numbers: Presidential foreign travel

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Data: U.S. State Department Office of the Historian; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

President Biden leaves for the United Kingdom on Wednesday, kicking off his first foreign trip as president.

By the numbers: Presidents have made more stops in foreign nations in most recent administrations, though they dropped way off when Donald Trump was in office.

Biden's European optimism collides with reality

President Biden departs for the United Kingdom. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

As President Biden departed Washington, he told reporters he was going to use his first foreign trip to make "clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G7 is gonna move."

Why it matters: The problem is his statements regarding the allies' shared objectives are not supported by the statements and actions of the allies themselves.

27 mins ago - World

Putin denies Russia is behind cyberattacks ahead of Biden summit

In an exclusive interview with NBC's "Today," Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russia is waging cyber warfare against the United States and refused to guarantee opposition leader Alexei Navalny — whose name he would not say — will leave prison alive.

Why it matters: Cyberattacks by Russian intelligence and Russian-speaking criminal groups, as well as the Kremlin's attempted assassination and jailing of Navalny, are among the topics President Biden is expected to raise at his Geneva summit with Putin on Wednesday.