Five months into the era of President Trump, the world's perception of the US and its leader has sunk to the level it was at late in George W. Bush's presidency, according to a new Pew Research Center poll of people in 37 countries. The poll was conducted among more than 40,000 people between February and May. Among the findings:
- There has been a massive decline in confidence in the US in its nearest neighbors, Pew says. The proportion of people saying they have at least some confidence in the American president has dived from 83% to 22% in Canada, and from 49% to just 5% in Mexico.
- Some 55% rated Trump as a strong leader, though 75% said he was arrogant, 65% intolerant, and 62% dangerous. Only 23% said he cared about ordinary people.
- Overall, just 22% of people polled worldwide had confidence in the US president to do the right thing—and only 49% had a favorable view of the US, down from 64% two years ago.
- The Guardian notes that this is the first time in Pew polling history that a majority of Canadians have not seen the US as a force for good in the world.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also had low marks worldwide, though not as low as Trump.
- The decline was especially steep in western Europe and Latin America, but the fall in confidence was widespread, reports Reuters. "The share of the public with a positive view of the US has plummeted in a diverse set of countries from Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa," Pew says.
- Poll respondents disapproved of all five Trump policies they were asked about, including the US-Mexico border wall and withdrawal from trade agreements.
- There are two bright spots for Trump: Russia and Israel. Confidence in the US president is up in both countries and favorable views of the US are up to 41% in Russia from 15% two years ago.
- Former diplomat Frank Wisner links the fall in confidence in the US to Trump's lack of commitment to principles including free markets and the rule of law. "America’s image has taken hits in recent years, from the decision to invade Iraq to the events of 2007 and 2008, when the American financial model took a huge hit," he tells the Washington Post. "But the most consequential is the ascent of Mr. Trump to the Oval Office."
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