What does the world thinks about Americans?

Kristine Makhatlishvili, International Correspondent

Not all Americans are aware of the common stereotypes many people hold about them around the world.  While there may be some truth behind the origin of stereotypes, they are not accurate portrayals and cannot possible apply to everyone in a large group.

  • Most Americans are wealthy

People all around the world believe that most Americans are rich and have nice cars and houses. However, while there are many rich people in America, 78 percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.

  • Americans can only speak English

Everyone believes that Americans do not speak any other language but English.  According to Gallup News Service, about one in four Americans can hold a conversation in a second language.

  • Americans are lazy

Many people think that Americans are very lazy, but in fact, America is #5 in the list of the “most workaholic” countries after Japan, Australia, South Africa, and South Korea according to a study conducted by Rasmussen Reports. The same study found that 40 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours, with 9 percent of people working more than 50 hours every week.

  • Americans do not know their neighbors

Many people think that Americans do not know their neighbors at all. According to Pew Research a little more than four-in-ten American adults know most or all of their neighbors.

  • Americans do not care about soccer

Many people think that Americans do not understand soccer, but according to Gallup poll, soccer’s rising popularity has the sport closing in on the big three of American sports (basketball, baseball, football). Also, seven percent of U.S. adults surveyed stated that soccer was their favorite sport to watch.