When President George W. Bush took office in 2001, half of Americans thought world leaders respected him.
In 2009 when President Barack Obama took the helm, Americans’ confidence soared to 67%.
But only 29% of US adults think leaders of other countries respect President Donald Trump, according to a new Gallup poll.
This drop in confidence echoes a fall in the number of Americans who believe the world views the US favourably. Today, 57% of Americans think the US rates unfavorably around the world — the largest number in a decade.
The last time Americans’ unfavorability rating of their nation was so high was in 2007, when Bush was mired in unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economy was on the brink of collapse.
Only a third of Americans are satisfied with the country’s position in the world today, a sentiment that has seen a downward spiral since Gallup started asking the question in 2001, when 65% of Americans were satisfied.
The phone survey included a random sample of 1,035 US adults, whom Gallup interviewed from February 1-5.
Trump entered office with the lowest approval rating in recent history for a new president, with 53% of Americans disapproving of the job he’s doing.
“[Americans’ low confidence in Trump’s world standing] has been fuelled by a sharp decline among Democrats who hold highly negative views of Trump’s character and opening job performance,” Art Swift writes for Gallup. “But even a year ago, when Americans thought the world viewed the US and Obama positively, Americans were still largely unsatisfied with the nation’s global standing. This trend has been steadily negative for the past decade.”
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