Guardian: The image of the US and Donald Trump around the world has plunged from poor to the abysmal over the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a global survey.
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center of more than 13,000 adults in 13 advanced economies between 10 June and 3 August shows international confidence in the US and its president sharply down across the board, reaching historical lows in several countries.
Trump and US global image plunge during pandemic, survey finds https://t.co/2pgSGZRxyC— The Guardian (@guardian) September 15, 2020
In the UK, 41% of those polled expressed a favourable opinion of the US, the lowest proportion registered by the Pew survey to date. In France, less than a third viewed the US positively, and just over a quarter of Germans surveyed, similar to the dim ratings both countries gave the US at the time of the Iraq invasion in March 2003.
The new Pew Poll is devastating for how the world sees us. Confidence in the U.S. has plummeted to historic lows. The global public has even greater trust in Putin and Xi Jinping than Trump. We need new leadership. | Pew Research Center https://t.co/0GrmQDcryh— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) September 15, 2020
The survey found Trump was the least trusted major world leader. A median of 16% of those polled in the 13 countries had confidence Trump would “do the right thing in world affairs”, putting him below Vladimir Putin (23%) and Xi Jinping (19%).
Sea of gridlock people, mostly unmasked trying to leave the Trump rally in the midst of a global pandemic. pic.twitter.com/D0WOIYz1a6— Elyse PG (@elysepg) September 13, 2020
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was the most trusted leader, with a 76% confidence rating among the six leaders presented as options. Emmanuel Macron (64%) and Boris Johnson (48%) were also on the list.
No shit Ben, it’s almost like decades of inaction have led us to this point and it will take decades more to combat this global issue through green energy and international cooperation.— Chris Colasurdo (@CColasurd) September 14, 2020
A global issue Trump has completely ignored by pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement. pic.twitter.com/WSZ2McTbta
The global popularity of the US has shrunk 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.
We can’t address global challenges unless the US can work with fellow democracies. Yet a new Pew poll of 13 democracies (all US allies & partners) is dismal.— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) September 15, 2020
—US approval at record lows in key countries
—All rank US COVID-19 response lowest
—All rank Trump below other leaders 👇 pic.twitter.com/6heNCtAnta
The public in each of the 13 countries were united in seeing the US as having the worst response to the coronavirus. A median of 15% thought the Trump administration had done a good job. Its highest score was in Spain, where 20% thought it had handled the crisis well. The 13,000 adults polled gave far higher ratings to the performance of their own countries, the World Health Organization, the EU and, in most cases, China.