Global survey finds persistent respect for USA, wide disdain for Trump

Global survey finds persistent respect for USA, wide disdain for Trump

The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that 64 percent of survey respondents across the 33 participating countries said they have no confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs. "Views of the U.S. are generally positive across 33 countries surveyed in 2019, as a median of 54 percent say they have a favorable opinion of the U.S. compared with 38 percent who have an unfavorable view", the survey says. For instance, 68 per cent disapproved of his tariffs, 66 per cent frowned upon America's withdrawal from climate change agreements under his watch, and 60 per cent disliked the US-Mexico border wall.

The survey, conducted by Gallup last year between late May and early July, showed a modest increase in the percentage of Canadian respondents with confidence in the president to "do the right thing regarding world affairs": 28 per cent, up from 25 per cent in 2018, 22 per cent the year before and a scant 14 per cent in 2016. However, on immigration, a slight majority in India - 35 percent against 34 percent - said they approved of the US administration's policy of "allowing fewer immigrants into" the country.

Pew found the world's favorable opinion of the US declined dramatically when Trump took office and remains significantly lower than during the Obama era.

"While majorities in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain and the United Kingdom oppose Trump's immigration policy, about half or more in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (as well as a plurality in the Czech Republic) approve", the study said.

Western Europe was especially anti-Trump; about three out of four people surveyed in Germany, Sweden, France, Spain and the Netherlands said they don't trust the U.S. President. Indonesian respondents rated Merkel, Macron, Putin, and Xi marginally better than Trump, but no leader saw more than 35 percent confidence. "Global confidence in the USA president plummeted after Trump's inauguration, while favourable ratings for the United States also declined", said the Pew report published on Wednesday (Jan 9). The Philippines joins the ranks of countries with a generally positive perception of the president's views―71 percent in Israel, 65 percent in Kenya, 58 percent in Nigeria and 56 percent in India―all comprising a median of 29 percent who are confident in Trump.

President Duterte, who considers Trump as his "friend", had revealed in 2017 that the American leader expressed support for the Philippines' controversial drug war.

The survey polled 36,923 people in 32 countries from May 18 to October 2, 2019.

Meanwhile, Trump's direct negotiations with North Korea's Kim Jong-un met with 41 percent support and 36 percent disapproval. Confidence in Trump from the right is up 15 percentage points or more in Hungary, Spain, France, and Brazil among right-wing populist supporters.

The President tended to be viewed more positively in countries with conservative or right wing governments, and among those respondents who identified ideologically with the political right in their countries. As for what the world thinks of the United States in general, 54 percent of those polled expressed a favorable opinion of the USA while 38 percent expressed an unfavorable view.

Indonesia, the other Asia-Pacific state surveyed by Pew, reported the lowest confidence in Trump of all six regional states surveyed at just 30 percent. In Europe, the least favorable views were found in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Russian Federation.

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