The rating of trust of world leaders

Cheryl Sanders
October 5, 2018

Still, by a slim margin, more people name the the world's leading economic power - a median of 39 percent say the USA, 34 percent say China. But there could also be a problem - the persistent, global unpopularity of President Trump himself. "Many believe the United States is doing less to help solve major global challenges than it used to", the survey said. That compared unfavourably to Mr Putin, on 30 per cent, and Mr Xi, on 34 per cent.

The findings released Monday came from Pew Research Center's Spring 2018 Global Attitudes Survey.

The results largely mirrored the plunge in opinions toward the United States that was revealed in a similar Pew survey previous year, the first of Trump's presidency.

The survey of 25 nations by the Pew Research Center also showed that respondents from across the globe have less confidence in Trump's ability to lead than they do in Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. "I didn't expect that reaction but that's okay", Trump said, drawing even more laughter. 75 percent of Canadians were found to have no confidence or not too much confidence in Trump, as were 80 percent of Swedes, 70 percent of the Brits and 90 percent of both the Germans and French.

In Germany, only 10 percent of people said they had confidence in the US president.

The research found overall ratings for the USA role in global affairs are much lower than during Barack Obama's presidency. In connection with the policy pursued by the current presidential administration has decreased and the proportion of people favorable to the US.

Trump's ranking among Russians sank from 53 percent to 19 percent. Trump has lauded his "great relationship" with the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, despite widespread criticism of human rights violations in the country. When the Republican assumed his office, 41% of Russians viewed the U.S. positively, compared with 15% by the end of Barack Obama's presidency. A median of 70 percent of respondents said that the USA does not take their country's interests into account. 52 percent said they have confidence in her, while only 31 percent said they did not. When asked which would be better for the world, having China or the the top global power, people in almost every country tended to select the U.S.

Still, respondents in nearly every country said it would be better for the U.S. to remain as the top global power, rather than China, which is seen as a rising power. In a considerable number of countries - including Canada, Germany and Russia - China was already seen as the world's preeminent economic power. About half of all respondents said the two European leaders inspired them with confidence.

Despite Trump's unpopularity, few countries welcomed a future in which China would be the dominant power over the United States.

Despite the plunge, on balance a median of 50% of respondents across the nations surveyed had a favourable opinion of the USA, compared with 43% whose views were negative.

Concern for human rights may be key.

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