World Approval of US Leadership Dipping with Trump in Power

Out of 134 countries surveyed, US leadership approval ratings declined substantially -- by 10 percentage points or more -- in 65 countries, including many longtime US allies and partners.

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The global approval rating for US leadership stands at a new low of 30%, with Germany replacing the US as the top world power, according to a new Gallup report.

“One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, the image of US leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors,” said Gallup analysts, adding that many of the US alliances and partnerships that the Trump administration considers a “great strength” are potentially at risk.

Out of 134 countries surveyed, US leadership approval ratings declined substantially — by 10 percentage points or more — in 65 countries that include many longtime US allies and partners.

When it comes to popularity, the US is now on nearly even footing with China (31%) and barely more popular than Russia (27%).

Regionally too, approval ratings dropped to a new low. Latin American countries, as well as Canada, increasingly dislike the current US leadership.

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“The median of 24% who approve of US leadership in the region now stands at about half of what it was in the last year of the Obama administration (49%),” the report added.

Just about every country in Latin America has started disliking the US administration, with approval ratings suffering double-digit decreases in all countries except Venezuela.

Portugal, Belgium, Norway, and Canada led the declines worldwide, with approval ratings dropping 40 points or more in each country.

The survey was conducted between March and November of 2017.

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