New Poll Shows US Global Reputation Falling Under Trump


A new survey by the Pew Research Center surveyed 37 countries and found that 74 percent of respondents said they have no confidence in President Trump to do the right thing when it comes to global affairs.

It's a drop in favorability, especially in Europe, that is reminiscent of the George W. Bush era.

We simply can not afford, they said, to have an American president that the rest of the world doesn't trust, respect, and admire.

At the end of Barack Obama's term, 64 percent of global respondents said they were confident in the USA president, compared to 22 percent now.

75% of respondents worldwide praised trump as an arrogant leader, and 62% as risky. A majority of 55 per cent also described him as a "strong leader".

More than 60% disapprove of his proposal for a temporary ban on people entering the United States from certain majority-Muslim countries. Nonetheless, the magnitude of the change in global opinions on America's leadership since Donald Trump took office is still remarkable. Particularly in Europe, "that's nearly a reflex", said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of state for European affairs.

"The drop in favourability ratings for the United States is widespread", the Pew report said. These include democratic governance, free markets, collective security, human rights and the rule of law - commitments that together, Wisner said, delineate the liberal worldwide order.

Mr Trump wasted little time in making his mark on world affairs - making clear he expected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to pay their fair share and encouraging Gulf countries to isolate Qatar in recent weeks. Israel also scored Trump higher than Obama. It has taken Trump six months.

Poll respondents disapproved of all five Trump policies they were asked about, including the US-Mexico border wall and withdrawal from trade agreements.

The decline in approval of the U.S. President was sharpest in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada.

The Guardian notes that this is the first time in Pew polling history that a majority of Canadians have not seen the U.S. as a force for good in the world. Across the 37 nations polled, Trump gets higher marks than Obama in only two countries: Russian Federation and Israel.

Xi Jinping gets negative ratings in numerous countries surveyed.

United States' southern and northern neighbors, confidence has fluctuated over the past three presidencies but declined most sharply this year.

And in the United Kingdom, favorability towards the U.S. is at 50 percent compared to 65 percent in 2015, towards the end of Obama's presidency. The also seen more favourably by Canadian men (52 per cent) than women (35 per cent).

It's worth noting that Americans as a people remain popular, and "a median of 58% say they have a favorable impression of Americans". Most people think Washington respects the personal freedoms of Americans, yet there is growing doubt about American-style democracy, in France and Germany, among other countries.

"Publics in the Asian-Pacific region are generally more positive toward American ideas and customs", according to the report.