Trump’s international ratings remain low: Pew survey

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

America’s global image plummeted following the election of US President Donald Trump, amid widespread opposition to his administration’s policies and a widely shared lack of confidence in his leadership, according to a new international survey.

Trump’s international image remains poor as the second anniversary of his election approaches, and ratings for the United States are much lower than during Barack Obama’s presidency, a new 25-nation Pew Research Center poll finds.

The survey also shows that large majorities in those 25 countries express significant concerns about America’s role in world affairs and say the US doesn’t take into account the interests of countries like theirs when making foreign policy decisions.

Just 27 percent say they have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs, while 70 percent lack confidence in him.

European attitudes toward Trump are strikingly negative, especially when compared with the ratings his predecessor received while in office.

“And there are signs that American soft power is waning as well, including the fact that, while the US maintains its reputation for respecting individual liberty, fewer believe this than a decade ago,” Pew said.

Frustrations with the US in the Trump era are particularly common among some of America’s closest allies, including Germany, where just 10 percent of its public has confidence in Trump’s leadership.

In France, only 9 percent have confidence in Trump, while 81 percent think Washington doesn’t consider the interests of the French people when making foreign policy decisions.

Critical views are also widespread among America’s closest neighbors. Only 25 percent of Canadians rate Trump positively.

One exception to this pattern is Israel. After a year in which the Trump administration generated international controversy by moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his positive rating jumped to 69 percent, up from 56 percent in 2017.

The Pew poll also examined attitudes toward five world leaders, and overall the US president receives the most negative ratings among the five.

A median of 70 percent across the 25 nations polled lack confidence in the American leader. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping also receive mostly negative reviews. In contrast, opinions about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are generally positive.

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