Survey shows world image of the United States has plunged under Donald Trump

A recent survey from Pew Research Center shows that the image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the world under President Donald Trump and majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead.

In the five months of President Trump’s presidency, the 37 nation survey showed U.S favorability rating in the world dropping to 49 percent from 64 percent. 30 percent of Mexicans say they have a favorable view of the United States, in contrast to 66 percent at the end of the Obama administration, while in Germany and Canada favorability ratings dropped by 22 points, to 35 percent and 43 percent, respectively.

The Pew report said, “The drop in favorability ratings for the United States is widespread, the share of the public with a positive view of the U.S. has plummeted in a diverse set of countries from Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa”.

Based on the responses of 40,447 people, the survey which was conducted between Feb. 16 and May 8 this year, showed even deeper mistrust of the personality of Trump,  with 22 percent of those surveyed saying they had confidence he would do the right thing in world affairs, compared to the 64 percent who trusted Obama.

According to Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, had confidence ratings of 27 percent and 28 percent respectively, scoring even higher than Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with a confidence rating of 42 percent, scored the highest among the four leaders. The countries with the lowest confidence in Trump were Mexico, at 5 percent and Spain at 7 percent. The only two countries where ratings improved compared to Obama were Russia, where confidence in the U.S. president surged to 53 percent from 11 percent, and Israel, where it rose 7 points to 56 percent.


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