The world has no confidence in Trump - survey

  • 28/06/2017

The image of the United States has declined significantly across the globe under President Donald Trump, and an overwhelming majority of people have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Centre shows.

Five months into Mr Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations shows US favourability ratings in the rest of the world have slumped to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

But the falls are far steeper in some of the United States' closest allies, including US neighbours Mexico and Canada, and European partners like Germany and Spain.

Since Mr Trump took office in January pledging to put "America First" he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the US border with Mexico, exit the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of unfair trade practices.

On his first foreign trip as president in early June, Mr Trump received warm welcomes in Saudi Arabia and Israel, but a cool reception from European partners, with whom he clashed over NATO spending, climate and trade.

Just 30 percent of Mexicans now say they have a favourable view of the US, down from 66 percent at the end of the Obama era.

In Canada and Germany favourability ratings slid by 22 points, to 43 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

In many European countries, the ratings were comparable to those seen at the end of the presidency of George W Bush, whose 2003 invasion of Iraq was deeply unpopular.

The report wrote that "the drop in favourability ratings for the United States is widespread".

"The share of the public with a positive view of the US has plummeted in a diverse set of countries from Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa."

The survey was based on the responses of 40,447 people and was conducted between February 16 and May 8 this year.

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping scored higher than Trump, with confidence ratings of 27 percent and 28 percent respectively.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel scored the highest amongst the four leaders surveyed, with a confidence rating of 42 percent.