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Gallup: World's Approval of US Leadership Hits Low of 30 Percent

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By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 07:26 AM

The world's approval of U.S. leadership sank to a record low of 30 percent, down 18 points from last year, according to Gallup's annual survey of 134 countries.

Germany supplants the U.S. as the top-rated global power.

The median approval of President Donald Trump worldwide is down from last year's 48 percent approval of Barack Obama, and it plummets past the previous low of 34 percent held by George W. Bush, according to Gallup.

The results, according to Gallup:

  • Germany: 41 percent worldwide approval.
  • China: 31 percent worldwide approval.
  • U.S.: 30 percent approval vs. 43 percent disapproval.
  • Russia: 27 percent approval.

By comparison, Obama's 48 percent approval last year bested Germany by 7 points, China by 17 points and Russia by 22 points, according to Gallup.

Further, U.S. approval dropped by 10-plus points in 65 countries, many of which are counted as allies and partners.

Canada's approval of the U.S. declined by 40 points year-over-year to 20 percent, the steepest drop of any country in the Americas. Mexico's approval dropped 28 points since last year, down to 16 percent.

Canada and Mexico both approve of China's leadership more than the U.S., Gallup reports.

Europe's approval of the U.S. dropped by 19 points year-over-year, down to 25 percent with a 56 percent disapproval rate.

Approval for the U.S. climbed by 10-plus points in just four countries:

  • Israel: +14 points.
  • Belarus: + 11 points.
  • Macedonia: +15 points.
  • Liberia: +17 points.

"It is too early in Trump's presidency to deem his 'America First' foreign policy a success or failure," Gallup's Julie Ray writes in its analysis. "However, it is clear that based on the trajectory of what the world thinks of the U.S., many of the U.S. alliances and partnerships that the Trump administration considers a 'great strength' are potentially at risk."

Gallup's results are based on face-to-face and telephone interviews with approximately 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, in each country or area. For results based on the total samples, the margin of sampling error ranges from 2 percentage points to 5.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

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