Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump


The survey showed widespread disapproval of Trump's signature policy proposals, with 76 per cent unhappy with his plan to build the wall on the border with Mexico, 72 per cent against his withdrawal from major trade agreements and 62 per cent opposed to his plans to restrict travel to the U.S. from some majority-Muslim countries.

Mexico witnessed a massive decline in their approval rating of the USA president, down to just 5 percent from 49 percent for Obama in 2015. Building a wall between the USA and Mexico was a central platform of Trump's campaign.

In Russia, Trump has a 52 percent approval rating, up from 11 percent for Obama.

On his first foreign trip as president in early June, Trump received warm welcomes in Saudi Arabia and Israel, but a cool reception from European partners.

"(Additionally) despite the doubts sown several years ago by revelations of American spying on foreign leaders and citizens, across the 37 countries polled this spring a median of 54% believe the United States government respects the personal freedom of its people", the report said.

In Mexico, a longtime antagonist of the new US President, just 5% of those surveyed said they trusted Trump as a world leader. Meanwhile, more than half of respondents (55%) call Trump a strong leader and another 39% say he is charismatic.

Overall, confidence in the USA has dropped since the Trump presidency began in January 2017, falling from 64% on average under Obama to just 49% in recent months. In many European countries, confidence in the USA is comparable with the figure in 2003, when George Bush announced plans to invade Iraq. According to the survey, 53 percent of Russians and 57 percent of Israelis are confident in Donald Trump's ability to lead the world. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed said they have no confidence in Trump.

The survey found widespread disapproval of some of Trump's major policies.

More than 7 in 10 disagree with Trump's proposals to pull the US out of a landmark climate change agreement and withdraw from multinational trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Seventy-six percent of the respondents opposed Trump's campaign promise to build a 1,954-mile wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, and 71 percent disagree with Trump's withdrawal from major worldwide climate change agreements.

Trump announced shortly after returning to Washington that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate pact. Opposition was strong in several largely Muslim countries, including Jordan, Lebanon and Senegal. Trump's intention to back away from the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran met with less opposition than his other policy initiatives although the president is yet to implement it. Israel also gave Mr Trump higher marks than Mr Obama.

The depths of disapproval registered overseas suggest that Trump has undone the progress Obama made in burnishing the American brand.

While 55 percent see Trump as a strong leader, larger majorities of those surveyed said they see him as arrogant, 75 percent; intolerant, 65 percent; and risky, 62 percent.