Global Opinion of the U.S. Is Down Under Trump
WASHINGTON, DC – October 2, 2018
The United States’ global image continues to fall under President Trump, according to a new survey.
A Pew Research Center survey of people from 25 nations published on Monday found that views of America are down, in particular among some of the nation’s allies in North America and Europe. A median of 50% said they have a favorable view of the U.S., while a median of 43% said they have an unfavorable view of the country.
The survey found that 30% of Germans, 38% of Frenchmen, and 39% of Canadians have a favorable view of the U.S. It doesn’t look too bad overall if you don’t take into account that these figures have decreased significantly from last year.
Views of President Trump himself are even lower, with a median of just 27% saying they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs. According to the survey, Trump’s lowest ratings are in Mexico, where only 6% of people say they have confidence in him. Additionally, only 10% of Germans, 9% of Frenchmen, and 25% of Canadians say they have confidence in Trump.
Trump has done a lot since last year. He pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, continued to push for a wall along the Mexican border, and threatened to withdraw from NATO, among other things.
On the other hand, Trump’s approval rating has improved significantly in at least one nation: Israel, where it jumped from 56 to 69%.