Data from a respected U.S. polling center underscores a dramatic deterioration in foreign opinion of the United States since Donald Trump became president.
(From Pew Research Center)
By Nelson Graves
New data from a respected U.S. polling center underscores a dramatic deterioration in foreign opinion of the United States since Donald Trump became president.
The data, collected by the Pew Research Center, shows that far more countries have an unfavorable view of the United States under Trump than under his predecessor, Barack Obama, who left the White House in January after eight years in power.
And majorities in a far greater number of countries have no confidence in Trump than in Obama, the data indicates.
Since 2002, Pew has conducted more than 500,000 interviews with people in 64 countries to assess their views about international and domestic politics, economics and other important topics.
You can see the full set of data here.
Foreign confidence in the U.S. president deteriorated even more.
An unfavorable view of the United States deepened in 27 countries in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the data, which showed that only three countries held a more favorable opinion of the United States this year versus last: Hungary, Russia and the United States itself.
In 13 countries, a majority of respondents had an unfavorable view of the United States this year. Last year, in only one country — Greece — did the majority of respondents have an unfavorable view of the United States.
Foreign confidence in the U.S. president showed an even sharper deterioration between last year and this.
Majorities in seven countries expressed confidence in Trump. In his last year in the White House, Obama enjoyed the confidence of majorities in 18 countries.
In 19 countries, more than half the respondents said they had no confidence in Trump, compared to only one country (Greece) with a majority lacking confidence in Obama in his last year in power.
Comparing opinions toward the United States, China and Russia, respondents tended to be more favorable towards the first two countries than towards Russia.
Majorities in 17 countries held a favorable view of the United States this year, compared with 15 countries towards China and four towards Russia.