Much like the Americans on the SDMB aren’t exactly a cross section of the US population, either.
All right, I’ll give it a go. I’m hardly the average European, in that I probably know a little more about the US now, having married an American girl, and spending a lot of time there, and on the SDMB. So I’m going to pretend to be the average Dutchman.
The average Dutchman likes Americans, mostly. Not their politics, mind you, but the Dutch are generally pretty good about dividing a country’s politicians and its inhabitants. Of course, they WILL give you a hard time over it anyway, but that’s all in good fun.
Anyways, to the average Dutchman, the average American is a person who’s friendly, enthusiastic, not too well versed in the land he’s visiting, but genuinely eager to learn nonetheless. They’re a little louder than we are (though not much, for we’re not the quietest of nations either), they’re certainly a tad shorter and bigger - on average. We like hearing stories of how your grandfathers or fathers liberated us in WWII (honestly, we do), but don’t pull the “If it weren’t for us…” thing when a Dutchman corners you in a political debate. Not done.
Similarly, we dislike snotty attitudes about our liberal policies vis-a-vis abortion, euthanasia, prostitution, and pot smoking. We tend to think anyone who disagrees with those is rather naive, and sheltered. In short, the average Dutchman is probably just as short-sighted about his nation’s policies as the average American, it’s just that our controversial policies generally tend to be internal affairs.
All in all, even though there’s a substantial political gap, the average Dutchman likes the average American just fine. Note: the above views aren’t necessarily mine, but they’re my estimation of John Q. Cloggie.