December 14, 2018, 2:08

Under Trump, US leadership approval drops to new lows abroad: Poll

Under Trump, US leadership approval drops to new lows abroad: Poll

There were 134 countries surveyed for the 2017 poll.

The poll suggests Trump’s “America First” policies and attitudes are weakening approval of U.S. leadership around the world, but also close to home.

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As the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) hangs in the balance, approval of U.S leadership plummeted with American neighbors Mexico and Canada. In Canada, approval dropped 40 points from 60 percent in 2016 to 20 percent in 2017, while in Mexico, approval dropped 28 points from 44 percent approval in 2016 to 16 percent approval in 2017.

Some of the other most significant declines in approval came from longtime American allies like France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

Trump’s strong relationship with Israel, however, may have boosted the United States’ leadership ratings by 14 percent. Overall, 67 percent of Israelis approve of U.S. leadership. Large gains were also seen in Belarus, Macedonia and Liberia.

Steffen Kugler via APIn this photo provided by German government President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the first working session of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, July 7, 2017.

Approval was lowest in Iceland and Russia with 8 percent approval.

“While advancing American influence — one of the four pillars of the administration’s new national security strategy — may begin with building up wealth and power at home, as Trump has stated, it can’t be achieved without a strong commitment to and close cooperation with partners and allies abroad,” the report says.

“It is too early in Trump’s presidency to deem his ‘America First’ foreign policy a success or failure. However, it is clear that based on the trajectory of what the world thinks of the U.S., many of the U.S. alliances and partnerships that the Trump administration considers a ‘great strength’ are potentially at risk.”

Gallup began the survey, called Rating World Leaders, in 2007. The results are gathered by face-to-face and telephone interviews with approximately 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, in all 137 countries. The survey claims with 95 percent confidence a sampling error of plus or minus 2 to 5 percentage points.


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