Most Americans no longer consider the president of the United States to be the "leader of the free world," with almost a third saying German Chancellor Angela Merkel fills that role more, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
When asked if Trump or Merkel is the "leader of the free world:"
- 46 percent of those polled said Trump, 29 percent said Merkel.
- 80 percent of Republicans said Trump, 6 percent said Merkel.
- 47 percent of independents said Trump, 26 percent said Merkel.
- 22 percent of Democrats said Trump, 50 percent said Merkel.
In March, Politico described Merkel as "the leader of the free world" after meeting with Trump at the White House. More recently, Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement prompted news outlets like The Boston Globe and USA Today to proclaim Merkel is usurping Trump's position as the West's leader.
The majority of respondents said the U.S. should be the leader of the free world, 72 percent to 23 percent. Most voters said they disapproved of Trump's diplomatic methods, and his relationship with European allies and NATO.
- 60 percent disapprove of Trump's foreign policy.
- 60 percent disapprove of his handing the country's allies in Europe.
- 50 said he's too unfriendly towards NATO members.
- 51 percent disapprove of how Trump handled his first foreign trip as president.
"Stick to 'one for all and all for one.' That's the clear message from American voters who want NATO to have our back ... and vice versa," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.
"The White House self-review of President Donald Trump's overseas trip clashes with how voters feel about a visit that polarized many and raised questions about who can best be described as leader of the free world."
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