- The United States’ image has soured within the international community, hitting all-time lows among key allies since Pew started polling two decades ago.
- Among the 13-countries surveyed include Canada, France, Germany, UK and Japan.
- The results showed that people have less confidence in Trump as a leader than Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.
- Majority of the publics also say Trump mishandled the US’s coronavirus response.
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President Donald Trump has on average received low approval ratings from Americans during his time in office â€” and new data shows people around the world continue to view him very negatively.
Pew Research Centre polled more than a dozen US allies’ public attitudes and the results show a further decline in Trump’s favorability since he became president.
A handful of them, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia, gave their lowest favourable views of the US on record since Pew started polling nearly two decades ago.
In Canada, one in five people expressed confidence in Trump, a drastic drop from 51 per cent who held that view a year ago.
Similarly, Germans gave the US some of “its worst ratings,” the authors note, with only 10% who said they have confidence in Trump, compared with 13% in 2019 and 86% in 2016 while Barack Obama was president.
Most people across the 13 countries surveyed said they have less trust in Trump to “do the right thing” than they do in Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Only an average of 16% said they have confidence in Trump as a leader, versus 19% who said the same for Xi and 23% for Putin.
Overall, the report found that roughly 34% of people expressed a positive view of the US. Pew Research Centre conducted its survey to 13,273 respondents from June 10 to Aug. 3.
Though Trump has consistently been rated low by the rest of the world over the past four years, the study released Tuesday depicts a deepening downward trend of the US’ international reputation, likely due to his coronavirus response â€” the US has the world’s highest reported death toll, which is nearing 200,000.
All 13 countries ranked the US lowest for its handling of the pandemic, averaging a mere 15% who said the country has done a good job.
Germany, on the other hand, gained the highest ratings, as a median of 76% said they have confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been praised internationally for leading an effective coronavirus response in the Western European country.
The Pew poll comes amid renewed criticism nationally against Trump for how he dealt with public health crisis, after damning audio recordings revealed that he publicly downplayed the virus’ severity at the onset of the outbreak.
In a series of interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, detailed in his book “Rage” out Tuesday, Trump privately acknowledged in early February the threat of COVID-19, while lying to the American people that it was “like a flu.”
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, Trump called the book “very boring,” claiming that he read it “very quickly.”
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