In Trump We Trust, Well, Somewhat, Pew Research Finds


"According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to worldwide affairs". Building a wall between the US and Mexico was a central platform of Trump's campaign. Just 43 percent of Canadians have a favorable view of the US and 35 percent of Germans say the same.

Israelis' confidence in Trump was measured at 56 percent, compared to 49 percent for Obama at the end of his second four-year term.

That's one of the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey of public attitudes in more than three dozen countries.

While more than half from both countries have confidence in Trump, Russia and Israel differ in overall United States favourability.

Recently released polling from the Pew Research Center shows that the global reputation of the US has dropped since President Donald Trump took office.

A median of 22 percent of people said they had confidence in Trump, compared to 64 percent of people who had confidence in former President Barack Obama.

Trump campaigned on "America First" policies and has often used the phrase since assuming office. "Favorability ratings have only increased in Russian Federation and Vietnam".

Bush's ratings fell after the US invaded Iraq in 2003 and never fully recovered in some countries, where he was viewed as engaging in "cowboy diplomacy".

Most of those surveyed also disapprove of Trump's major policies, including his promise to erect a physical wall along the border between the US and Mexico, and temporarily halting travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

The results show that 27% of respondents voice confidence in Putin as he does "the right thing regarding world affairs". In Mexico, where many oppose Trump's plan to build a wall on the United States border to keep out illegal immigrants, fewer than one in three - compared with a previous two in three - has a positive view of the U.S., while confidence in Trump himself was down to 5 percent.

Other policy initiatives that have been frowned upon include pulling out of important trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and refusing to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. A median of 55 percent, however, thought Trump was a strong leader.

At the same time, most respondents have a favorable impression of Americans.

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.

Confidence has dropped to the lowest levels since the George W Bush presidency, with just 14 percent of French people saying they have confidence in the U.S. president. Israel also scored Trump higher than Obama.

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.