Senior year of high school I was privileged enough to be able to travel abroad to Spain for a class. It was one of my favorite memories before high school and still holds a place very close to my heart because of all of the fun I had and people I met. One thing that I did not particularly like about Europe as we went through numerous other countries besides Spain was just how Anti-American some Europeans can be! I encountered between 4 and 5 people in the two weeks in Europe who walked up to me and started shouting about how much they did not like America and our past President.
Now this was not the norm, there were many nice people in Spain and the family I stayed with was extremely kind as well. However, there definitely was a tension wherever we went because of our nationality. One of the students I traveled with was pulled out of his chair and kicked (suffered a bruised ego) and another was refused service at a restaurant all because of the fact that Europeans could tell we were American and had strong feelings one way or another!
Pew Global conducted a study of the satisfaction with the United states and our favorabillity among 8 surveyed European nations raised almost 30% from the time Bush left office until Obama's current term. That is a huge increase and I believe most of that has to do with Obama's stance on world policy that convinced the Europeans we were headed in the right direction.
We still differ on a few opinions however including drone strikes and war, religion, and individualism. Many more Europeans do not believe in our view that we can pretty much strike whoever as long as we feel that it is justified. They also are less likely to hold strong religious beliefs that they stand by as was identified in the study. Europeans according to the study are much more likely than Americans to accept homosexuality and the statement that the governments role should be more of a helping figure making sure no one is in need rather than being free to do what you want.
What does this mean overall? I think that the fact that we are getting closer to our European brothers and sisters is great and will only lead to better things. Hopefully that means next time I visit Europe, the people who live there will be a little more accepting of the United States as a people.