US More Popular in Israel Under Trump

Cheryl Sanders
January 22, 2018

Gallup found that USA approval ratings fell by 10 percentage points or more in 65 of the 134 countries surveyed in March to November past year.

President Donald Trump lost much of his political base and dragged the Republican Party down with him throughout his first year in office, according to new poll results released Friday. "He has lower ratings at the one-year mark than past presidents - 58 percent now disapprove", the CBS News poll found.


The survey also found that Germany has replaced the United States as the top-rated global power in the world. Currently, a median of 43 percent of countries "disapprove" of the United States, up 15 points from the previous year, according to Gallup. Worldwide, more people now say they disapprove of US leadership (43 percent), than of China's or Russia's (30 percent and 36 percent respectively).

The online poll was conducted from December 15 to January 15, drawing results from 3,862 people with a margin of error of two percentage points.


The poll also found the U.S.is now rated about the same as rival countries China (31 percent) and Russian Federation (27 percent). And Trump, who campaigned on the promise of "America First", abandoned the Trans Pacific Partnership and withdrew from the Paris climate accord, may not care too much about what citizens of other countries think of US leadership during his presidency. President Donald Trump has canceled some of the most significant partnerships and trade agreements in the world since he took office. It dropped 40 percentage points in Canada and 28 points among Mexicans, who have been a frequent target of Trump's insults and on whose border Trump is trying to erect a wall.

The US also suffered a major drop in its leadership approval leading in Asia, where its contest with China has made the most headlines in Western media. Gallup's polling in Israel was conducted prior to Trump's announcement to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but he had frequently vowed to do so during his presidential campaign. Younger Americans aren't as pleased with the first lady as the older generation; her biggest fans according to this poll, are over the age of 50. Poll respondents were especially disgusted with his handling of climate change and foreign relations, among other policy matters.


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