Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump is unpopular in six continents, new poll finds

Trump is unpopular in six continents, new poll finds

Only 22 per cent of Canadians had confidence in Trump as president - a stark change from the 83 per cent who said they had confidence in Obama a year ago.

America's image has suffered the most among some of its closest allies in Europe and Asia, as well as Mexico and Canada, the study shows.

According to the research, most people who participated in the survey find Trump as "arrogant, intolerant, and even unsafe".

Trump's largest base of support comes from Filipinos, 69 percent of whom say they have confidence in him.

It wasn't all bad news for the USA however - a majority of respondents said they still had positive views of Americans in general, as well as United States films and music. The change marked the first time since the final year of George W. Bush's presidency in 2008 that the public in these European countries has expressed more unfavorable than favorable views of the US, the survey found.

The center saw another significant leap when George W. Bush's administration changed to Obama's in 2009 - although that was a positive change, rather than a negative one. On Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, 69 percent of Israelis were opposed, comparing to the 71 percent of the other countries surveyed.

By contrast, for some unusual reason, Russia's confidence in the American president has reached a high unprecedented in the 21st century.

A median of just 16 per cent support Trump's plan to build a wall between the USA and Mexico, with heavy opposition in Mexico and throughout Latin America and Europe.

In the survey of 37 countries in Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the public's positive view of the United States has plunged.

Among the 37 countries Pew surveyed, Trump scored higher marks than his predecessor, President Barack Obama, in two: Russian Federation and Israel.

Most respondents - 58 percent - held favorable opinions the American people.

While a recent survey found that America's image in Southeast Asia had been damaged by Trump's support for Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Filipinos demonstrate amongst the highest levels of support for the American leader.

Most countries in the survey said their relations will get worse than better, but the prevailing view is that it will stay the same. Obama enjoyed high favourability throughout his terms; Canadian confidence in the leader was 76 per cent at its lowest.

Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017.

Besides the big increase in Russia, Hungary, Jordan, Nigeria, Greece and Vietnam also view the US slightly more favorably since Trump took office.

The survey also noted that Trump is not the only world leader in whom global public lack confidence.

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