Donald Trump's loyal base — you know, those who'd support him even if he shot somebody on 5th Avenue — surely couldn't care less about how the world feels about their man. After all, Barack Obama was widely praised globally, and that didn't exactly ...
Donald Trump’s loyal base — you know, those who’d support him even if he shot somebody on 5th Avenue — surely couldn’t care less about how the world feels about their man. After all, Barack Obama was widely praised globally, and that didn’t exactly convince the haters to jump on board.
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Nevertheless, Pew Research, in the wake of record low approval ratings for Trump, compiled a list of nine charts capturing the depths of the international negativity surrounding his presidency.
No. 1: Trump vs. Obama
A median of 22% of the 37 countries surveyed in the spring of 2017 said they have confidence that Trump will do the right thing when it comes to global affairs. Dropping out of the Paris climate deal obviously didn’t help that number. Conversely, 64% said they were confident in Obama during his final years in the White House.
No. 2: Some countries still have positive views of Trump
Just eight of the 37 countries in the survey responded with positive views of Trump, and you can probably guess a few of them. Russia, for one. The Philippines topped the list with 69% expressing their trust. Israel and Vietnam are also Trump fans.
No. 3: Trump = George W.?
Trump’s ratings in Western Europe are mostly in line with those of Bush’s at the end of his tenure. Bush’s foreign policies, of course, met with opposition in the region, particularly in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain, where Trump’s standing isn’t much different.
No. 4: Right-wing Europe embraces Trump
Right-wing parties in top European countries are, understandably, far more likely to praise Trump. Pew pointed out that, in France, 39% of those with a positive view of Le Pen’s National Front party are confident in Trump, compared with only 6% of those with an unfavorable opinion of the party.
No. 5: Merkel, Xi and Putin all fare better than Trump
Ratings for China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are mostly negative, but not as negative as Trump’s. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the only world leader in the survey who received more positive than negative reviews.
No. 6: Trump’s policies get panned
Pew tested five of Trump’s major national security and foreign policy proposals, like the travel ban and building a wall, and found that, “with a few exceptions, they meet with broad disapproval around the world.”
No. 7: A strong leader, sure, but too arrogant
Most respondents agreed that Trump is “arrogant, intolerant and dangerous,” while a median of 55% gave him credit for being a strong leader.
No. 8: Mexico is not a fan
U.S. presidents typically get mixed to negative reviews in Mexico, but 5%? That’s lower — MUCH lower — than any president since Pew first began surveying there. Obama, by comparison, reached 55% early in his presidency.
No. 9: Trump’s feeling the love from Russia far more than Barack Obama or George W. Bush ever did
“Amid ongoing controversies and investigations into allegations of links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, attitudes toward the U.S. and its president have turned more positive in Russia,” the study concluded.
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