Scant global confidence in Trump on foreign affairs

Scant global confidence in Trump on foreign affairs

The country already had low confidence in the US under Obama, whose administration held a 49 percent favorable view of the USA government in 2016.

“The drop in favourability ratings for the United States is widespread”, the Pew report said.

The survey, spanning 37 nations, finds a median of just 22 per cent has confidence in Mr Trump to do the right thing in worldwide affairs, compared with 64 per cent that had faith in former president Barack Obama during his final years in office.

In terms of personal traits, more than half see the USA president as a strong leader.

Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, was viewed favorably by a median of 64 percent at the end of his second four-year term.

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The promised US-Mexico border wall is opposed by a median of 76% across the 37 countries, rising to 94% in Mexico.

President Donald Trump walks out from the Oval Office to make a joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017.

“In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant and even risky”, says Pew in its report on the findings.

The poll, which looked at the attitudes of people in 37 countries, found a sharp decline in the level of trust that people have in President Trump’s performance with regards to global policy.

The survey was taken before Trump, who has proclaimed a slogan of “America First”, formally announced the United States’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, meaning his global standing may have sunk even further. Other policy ideas mentioned include the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, ending support for major trade agreements, Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries and withdrawal from worldwide climate agreements. That decision was greeted with widespread condemnation internationally.

Pew has conducted the survey in America’s image overseas since 2002, and found that it grew markedly under the Obama presidency after George W Bush left office, and has collapsed since Mr Trump was elected.

Even Russian President Vladimir Putin, considered an adversary in numerous countries surveyed, enjoys a healthier global reputation. Just seven percent of Spaniards have confidence in Trump to do the right thing compared to 75 percent who thought the same about Obama. Chinese President Xi Jinping was slightly higher, at 28 percent.

The survey, based on the responses of 40,447 people and conducted between February 16 and May 8 this year, showed even deeper mistrust of Trump himself, with only 22 per cent of those surveyed saying they had confidence he would do the right thing in world affairs, compared to 64 per cent who trusted Obama.

People may be anxious about what Trump means for their country, many may see him as arrogant or risky – but that doesn’t mean they think his presidency will have any effect on them.

And while much of his notoriety before running for president was based on his stint as a personality on reality television, just 39 percent considered Trump charismatic.

“Trump’s character is also a factor in how he is viewed overseas”. A median of 65 percent said he was intolerant, and 62 percent said he was unsafe. Even less-a median of 26 percent-said he was well qualified for the job of president.

Out of 37 countries polled by Pew Research, ratings fell in every country except for two: Israel and Russian Federation.

The survey also took a closer look at Israeli attitudes towards the USA, finding that Israel has consistently given the U.S. some of its highest favorability ratings, with 81% in 2017 saying that they have a positive view of the US.