President Donald Trump received the most negative ratings in a new Pew Research Center survey examining international attitudes toward five world leaders.
Only 27 percent of those surveyed in 25 nations worldwide had confidence in Trump to do the right thing regarding world affairs, while 70 percent had no confidence in him.
This put him dead last in a list that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in first place at 52 percent confidence, 31 percent no confidence, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was just above Trump at 30 percent confidence, 62 percent no confidence.
Other results from the survey show:
- Negative views of Trump were widespread in many traditional American allies, with 90 percent of both Germans and French having no confidence or not too much confidence in Trump. In Sweden, 80 percent felt the same negativity towards Trump, as did 75 percent of Canadians. The lowest positive views of Trump were in Mexico, where just 6 percent expressed confidence in his leadership.
- Two exceptions to this rule were Israel, where 69 percent had at least some confidence in Trump to do the right thing in global affairs, and the Philippines, which was 78 percent positive.
- Despite the negative views of Trump, the attitude towards the U.S. in general was more positive, as 50 percent were favorable, compared with 43 percent unfavorable, although this was a sharp drop from the Obama era, when favorable views were at 64 percent.
The Pew Research Center survey was conducted from May to August among national random samples of 915 to 2,521 interviews in each of the 25 countries. The margin of sampling error for each country ranges from plus or minus 2.8 to 5.1 percentage points.
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