- The image of the United States has soured within the international community and hit low-level levels among key allies since Pew began voting two decades ago.
- Among the 13 countries surveyed are Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan.
- The results showed that people have less confidence in Trump as leader than Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.
- The majority of the public also says that Trump mishandled the US coronavirus response.
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President Donald Trump has, on average, received low approval ratings from Americans during his tenure ̵
The Pew Research Center questioned the public stance of more than a dozen U.S. allies, and the results show a further decline in Trump’s favor since he became president.
A handful of them, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia, gave their lowest positive views on the United States recorded since Pew began voting nearly two decades ago.
In Canada, one in five people expressed confidence in Trump, a drastic drop from 51 percent who agreed with this view a year ago.
Similarly, the Germans gave the United States some of “its worst ratings,” the authors note, with only 10% saying they trust Trump, compared with 13% in 2019 and 86% in 2016, while Barack Obama was president.
Most people in the 13 countries surveyed said they had less confidence in Trump to “do the right thing” than they do for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Only an average of 16% said they trust Trump as leader, compared to 19% who said the same for Xi and 23% for Putin.
Overall, the report found that approx. 34% of the population expressed a positive view of the United States. The Pew Research Center conducted its survey of 13,273 respondents from June 10 to August 3.
Although Trump has consistently been rated low by the rest of the world over the past four years, the study released on Tuesday shows a deeper downward trend in the United States’ international reputation, probably due to his coronavirus response – the United States has the world’s highest reported death toll approaching 200,000.
All 13 countries ranked the United States the lowest for its handling of the pandemic, averaging only 15%, who said the country has done a good job.
Germany, on the other hand, received the highest ratings, with a median of 76% saying they trust Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been hailed internationally for leading an effective coronavirus response in the Western European country.
The Pew vote comes amid renewed criticism nationally against Trump for how he handled the public health crisis, after condemning audio recordings revealed that he publicly downplayed the severity of the virus at the outbreak.
In a series of interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, described in his book “Rage” on Tuesday, in early February, Trump privately acknowledged the threat of COVID-19, while lying to the American people that it was “like the flu. “
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Trump called the book “very boring” and claimed he read it “very quickly.”