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America's image worsens under Trump, survey reveals

America's image worsens under Trump, survey reveals America's image worsens under Trump, survey reveals
Melinda Barton | 04 October, 2018, 18:31

President Donald Trump received the most negative ratings in a new Pew Research Center survey examining worldwide attitudes toward five world leaders.

In connection with the policy of U.S. President Donald trump the country's image in the world has deteriorated significantly.

The survey of 25 nations by the Pew Research Centre also showed that respondents from across the globe have less confidence in Mr Trump's ability to lead than they do in Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. And other prominent world leaders ranked far ahead of those three, among them French President Emmanuel Macron, who was rated favorably by a median of 46 percent of respondents, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in whom 52 percent expressed confidence.

"Large majorities say the USA doesn't take into account the interests of countries like theirs when making foreign policy decisions". Strikingly, however, that has not translated directly into a lack of support for the United States.

Despite Mr Trump's low ratings, 63 per cent of respondents said the world was better off with the United States as the leading power, compared to 19 per cent who preferred China in that role.

The poll comes as Trump nears his two-year mark in the Oval Office, an era defined by a USA retreat from multilateralism overseas and dramatic chaos within, from top advisors being indicted on criminal charges to Cabinet members being sacked on Twitter.

The Trump administration's dispute with China may have begun as a trade war, but to many, it's now something much bigger: An attempt to contain and control a rising China before it is too late.

The survey examined attitudes toward five world leaders, and overall Donald Trump receives the most negative ratings among the five.

When giving a speech at the UN General Assembly last week, Trump drew laughter from an audience that included world leaders when he claimed to have achieved more so far in his term than nearly any other US administration in history.

Trump has pursued a number of actions that are widely perceived to be pro-Israel, including moving the US embassy in the country from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem and cutting USA funding for the Palestinians and a vital United Nations agency that provides critical services to the Palestinian diaspora in an effort to force them to return to US -mediated peace talks.

All the while, the world was watching.

According to a poll from Pew Reseach, results show that Trump's "international image remains poor". The 44 percent mark they gave him was 17 points higher than the year before.

Across all countries, an average of 27 per cent of respondents said they had confidence in Mr Trump.

Plummeting U.S. popularity in Europe is music to Putin's ears, said Andrea Kendall-Taylor of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think tank. China has also joined Russian Federation in criticizing an inflated USA defense budget.

One distinct outlier in the poll is Israel, where confidence in the USA president's leadership has shot up from 49 percent in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama to 69 percent in 2018 under Trump.

"While most respondents did not register a major change in their nations' relationship with the USA between this year and last, Israelis once again stood out", the report added, with 79 per cent "saying ties had improved", likely a result of the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Support for Trump jumped 13% to 69% there as the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a decision that angered Palestinians.

Despite a plunge in confidence for the United States, other countries are still pushing through major foreign-policy measures with Trump.

Only 38 percent of French and 39 percent of Canadians said they had a positive view of the United States, both down from a year ago.

Numerous countries that expressed the most negative views about China - such as neighbors Japan and South Korea as well as European nations like France and Germany - also had large majorities that said China restricts personal freedom.

However, the survey by the Pew Research Center released Tuesday also found that, despite the high ratings for the US, there are concerns in Japan about the trajectory of American power.

Despite Trump's unpopularity, few countries welcomed a future in which China would be the dominant power over the United States.