Ahead of the second anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's election, Japanese trust in the American leader has suffered, but the overall image of the United States has not amid the rise of China, according to a new 25-nation survey.
The biggest drop in the US ratings came from Russian Federation, where only 26 percent of those polled held a favorable view of the United States - a drop of 15 points from 2017. "Truthfully in this survey, it is mostly lows".
In Canada, whose prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Trump has called "disonhest and weak", only 39% of respondents had a positive view of the USA, down from 65% at the end of the Obama presidency.
Respondents also suggested that the United States' status as a global influencer may be a thing of the past.
Just 7 percent of Spanish, 9 percent of French and 10 percent of Germans said they had confidence in Trump's leadership.
"As has largely been the case since Pew Research Centre's first Global Attitudes survey in 2002, attitudes toward the United States in sub-Saharan Africa are largely positive", the not-for-profit polling group notes. Japan is the only country among those polled where a majority, 55 percent, believes the U.S.is less powerful than 10 years ago.
This put him dead last in a list that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in first place at 52 percent confidence, 31 percent no confidence, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was just above Trump at 30 percent confidence, 62 percent no confidence. In 20 of the 25 countries surveyed, a majority said they had no confidence in Trump.
Across all countries, an average of 27 per cent of respondents said they had confidence in Mr Trump. Across all countries, the USA got positive marks, with 50 percent saying they had a positive view, compared to 43 percent who were negative.
Despite Mr Trump's low ratings, 63 per cent of respondents said the world was better off with the USA as the leading power, compared with 19 per cent who preferred China in that role.
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The results provide the latest illustration of global unease over Trump's "America First" agenda, in which he has imposed tariffs, dismissed the value of multilateral institutions and withdrawn from worldwide agreements.
The Trump administration's dispute with China may have begun as a trade war, but to many, it's now something much bigger: An attempt to contain and control a rising China before it is too late.
The countries whose people had the most positive views of the United States were Israel, the Philippines, and South Korea, all at 80 percent or above.
The most trusted worldwide leader, by contrast, was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who claimed the confidence of 52 percent of all respondents.
Attitudes toward America, overall, are shown to be declining sharply, with the US still seen favorably by 50 percent of people in all the nations polled, but unfavorably by 43 percent, a historic low.
With the US seen as stumbling on major issues, many nations have begun to look at China as a potential global powerbroker.
The survey was based on telephone and face-to-face interviews and is generally based on national samples, with the margin of error for each country available on the nonprofit research organization's website.
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