The image of the United States and Donald Trump around the world has fallen from poor to abysmal over the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a global study.
A poll by the Pew Research Center with more than 13,000 adults in 13 advanced economies between June 10 and August 3 shows international confidence in the United States and its president sharply down the line and reaching historic lows in several countries.
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The survey showed that Trump was the least reliable major world leader. A median of 16% of respondents in the 13 countries had confidence that Trump would “do the right thing in world affairs” and put him under Vladimir Putin (23%) and Xi Jinping (19%).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the most trusted leader, with a 76% confidence level among the six leaders presented as options. Emmanuel Macron (64%) and Boris Johnson (48%) were also on the list.
U.S. global popularity has declined significantly since Trump took over the White House from Barack Obama in January 2017, but the downward slope has become even steeper during the pandemic.
The public in each of the 13 countries was united in seeing the United States as being the worst response to coronavirus. A median of 15% thought the Trump administration had done a good job. Its highest score was in Spain, where 20% thought they had handled the crisis well. The 13,000 adults surveyed gave far higher ratings to their country, the World Health Organization, the EU and in most cases China.
The results are likely to be particularly welcomed by the WHO, as the goal of a campaign by Trump and his administration is to blame it for the pandemic. A median of 64% estimated that the organization did a good job of dealing with the outbreak.