Global image of United States has plummeted under Trump, says poll

Last week US President Donald Trump drew laughter from world leaders when he claimed to have achieved more in his two years in the White House than almost any other US administration in history

America's image worsens under Trump

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The Pew Research Center poll found that respondents generally have less confidence in Trump's ability to lead than they do in Russia's Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping of China.

Since taking office in January 2017, Mr Trump has pulled the United States out of worldwide agreements like the Paris climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, cozied up to authoritarian leaders like Mr Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and criticised his neighbours and Nato allies.

In June, after a G7 summit in Canada, Trump refused to sign a joint statement with America's allies, deriding his host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as "very dishonest and weak". Among the 25 nations surveyed, a median of 31 percent said the US plays a more important role in the world today than it did 10 years ago; 25 percent said it plays a less important role; and 35 percent believe the as important as it was a decade ago.

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Russian Federation also became the country where the USA dropped most in favorability over the past year, from 41 to 26 percent - which was the lowest rating given to the any country.

Trump's ranking among Russians sank from 53 percent to 19 percent. Mexico inched up slightly to 32 percent. 70 percent said they did not.

Twenty-five percent of Canadians said they favored Trump, while 82 percent said the USA ignores Canada's interests when making foreign policy.

The poll summary explained, "As has been the case in recent years, around eight-in-ten Israelis express a favorable opinion about the U.S. At 52%, Israelis are more likely than any other public surveyed to say the doing more to address global problems than a few years ago".

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Only 27 percent of those surveyed in 25 nations worldwide had confidence in Trump to do the right thing regarding world affairs, while 70 percent had no confidence in him. Putin and Xi came in fourth and third, respectively, with 30 percent and 34 percent of people expressing trust in the authoritarian leaders.

The most trusted global leader, by contrast, was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who claimed the confidence of 52% of all respondents.

The summary attributed this jump to the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital.

While a summary of the results described "widespread opposition to his administration's policies and a widely shared lack of confidence in his leadership", the poll demonstrated that the US president enjoys a 69 percent positive rating in Israel, up from 56 percent in 2017.

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