Thursday 14 December 2017

'Arrogant' Trump sees US image plummet worldwide

US President Donald Trump. Photo: PA
US President Donald Trump. Photo: PA

Dean Gray

The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Centre showed.

Five months into Mr Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed US favourability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49pc from 64pc at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

In the UK, favourable views of the US have gone from 61pc at the end of the Obama presidency to 50pc at the beginning of the Trump administration.

Though a handful of countries saw their views of the US increase slightly, there was only one where it had gone up in double digits: Russia, where favourability ratings increased from 15pc to 41pc.

Falls were far steeper in some of America's closest allies, including neighbours Mexico and Canada, and European partners like Germany and Spain. Just 30pc of Mexicans now say they have a favourable view of the US, down from 66pc at the end of the Obama era. In Canada and Germany, favourability ratings slid by 22 points, to 43pc and 35pc, respectively.

Mr Trump has been at loggerheads with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron over trade and the Paris climate accord. In many European countries, the ratings were comparable to those seen at the end of the presidency of George W Bush, whose 2003 invasion of Iraq was deeply unpopular.

The survey, based on the responses of 40,447 people and conducted between February 16 and May 8 this year, showed even deeper mistrust of Mr Trump himself, with only 22pc of those surveyed saying they had confidence he would do the right thing in world affairs, compared to 64pc who trusted Mr Obama.

Globally, 75pc of respondents described Mr Trump as "arrogant", 65pc as "intolerant" and 62pc as "dangerous". A majority of 55pc also described him as a "strong leader".

Irish Independent

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