Image of US has Plunged Under Trump, Survey Shows


U.S.'s staunch ally, Israel, which received billions of dollars from the USA every year for military spending, increased its positive view of the 76 percent, going from 49 percent in 2016 to 56 percent today.

Last year, a median of 61 percent held a favorable opinion of the US across France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, compared with 26 percent who held unfavorable views.

30 per cent of Mexicans now say they have a favourable view of the United States, down from 66 per cent at the end of the Obama era.

The countries with the lowest confidence in Trump were Mexico, at 5 per cent and Spain at 7 per cent.

But 55 per cent of respondents said they found him to be a strong leader, and 39 per cent thought he was charismatic. Just 16 percent said they think he is qualified to be president.

The survey shows only two of the 37 countries have a better opinion of Mr Trump than they had of his predecessor Barack Obama: Israel and Russian Federation.

Mr Bush's ratings fell after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and never fully recovered in some countries.

In Mexico, a longtime antagonist of the new US president, just 5% of those surveyed said they trusted Trump as a world leader. That means that if the results from each country are ranked in order, 22 per cent is the midpoint, with the percentage expressing confidence in Trump falling above or below that point in equal numbers of countries.

Sweden had the highest drop, going from 93 percent when Barack Obama was president at this time a year ago to only 10 percent under Trump, for a drop of 83 percent. Monday's edition is the first conducted since Trump took office in January.

Across the board, Mr Trump is seen as a strong leader - Latin American and African countries in particular really believe this.

The results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted among 40,447 respondents in 37 countries in all regions of the world between February 16 and May 8. With Mexico, the planned border wall that Trump wants to build has served as a thorny issue between the North American neighbors.

Israel was also one of just two countries - the other being Jordan - where majorities support United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, which rolls back sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, announced he will pull out of the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of unfair trade practices.

In terms of personal traits, more than half of the more than 40,000 people surveyed by Pew see the US president as a strong leader.

In countries with large Muslim populations, the ban is unsurprisingly unpopular - with Jordan (disapproval rating of 96%), Lebanon (88%) and Senegal (82%) especially unhappy with the ban.

U.S. courts had blocked two versions of Trump's travel ban, but he won a partial victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court said he could go forward with a limited version of the ban.

The high court also agreed to hear arguments in the case in October. The survey also finds that Trump is personally disliked globally, with most seeing him as arrogant, intolerant and unsafe, while few think of him as well-qualified or as someone who cares about ordinary people.