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The world's view of the United States has plummeted since Trump took office

Obama resists his nemesis The world's view of the United States has plummeted since Trump took office
Melinda Barton | 21 January, 2018, 03:45

By comparison, in Obama's a year ago in office the United States led Germany by seven points, China by 17 points and Russian Federation by 22 points, according to Gallup. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups. The new finding contrasts to the frequent rebuke by United States politicians of China's growing global influence.

New figures show the image of U.S. leadership under Donald Trump is weaker worldwide than under his two predecessors.

American satisfaction with the US economy has reached a 17-year high, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Comparatively, China boasts an edge with its worldwide disapproval rating of only 30 percent.

President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll - the lowest mark in the poll's history for any modern president ending his first year.

"Trump's approval ratings, like his pre-election poll numbers, are not an accurate representation of his true popularity". They were asked whether they approved or disapproved of the current U.S. administration. Previous presidents with low first-year average approval ratings include Bill Clinton, who at 49 percent approval was still 11 percent higher than Trump.

The U.S. did not fare much better in Europe, where the current rating stands at 25 percent.

Ratings for US leadership came in just ahead of Russia's, which saw 27 percent support in 2017 compared with 30 percent in the USA - the slimmest margin between the two nations in the study so far.

The US also suffered a major drop in its leadership approval leading in Asia, where its contest with China has made the most headlines in Western media.

The rise of xenophobic nationalism and illiberal democracies in the European continent have also contributed a challenge to the free world under USA leadership.

The Communist regime in China received a greater approval than the U.S., with 31% applauding the country under Xi Jinping.

Gallup found that approval dropped by 10 or more points in 65 of the 134 countries and areas surveyed. Japan, South Korea and the Philippines also saw double-digit declines. Germany, by contrast, has not seen support of its public leaders fall below 40 percent mark - nor rise above 50 percent - once over the past decade, with the stewardship of Chancellor Angela Merkel registering 41 percent approval previous year.

President Donald Trump has shaken up United States foreign policy during his first year in office - decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran, recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and threatening North Korea with a nuclear strike.

The survey found wall-to-wall declines throughout the Americas - with the biggest shift in the next-door neighbour to the north.

The US government received worldwide condemnation in December for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"This isn't about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions".

Gallup conducted interviews between March and November 2017 with approximately 1,000 adults aged at least 15 years old.