Pew survey shows international collapse in U.S., Donald Trump confidence
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Image via AP.

Angela Merkel, Donald Trump
Foreign surveys found less confidence for Trump than even Vladimir Putin.

From Europe to Canada to east Asia, favorability for the United States and President Donald Trump have plummeted, according to a the Pew Research Center survey reported Tuesday.

The nonprofit think tank, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, reported Tuesday that, in many of the 13 leading Democracies surveyed, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been since the Center began asking the question two decades ago.

Those favorable ratings for the U.S. include 41% in the United Kingdom, which once had an 83% favorable view of the United States; 41% in Japan, 35% in Canada, 31% in France, and 26% in Germany.

The ratings for Trump are even lower.

In fact, the median opinion of the countries where Pew surveyed — which also include South Korea, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium — indicates people there have less confidence in Trump than in Russia’s Vladimir Putin or China’s Xi Jinping.

“Part of the decline over the past year is linked to how the U.S. had handled the coronavirus pandemic,” wrote Pew report authors Richard Wike, Janell Fetterolf, and Maria Mordecai.

“Across the 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak. In contrast, most say the World Health Organization and European Union have done a good job, and in nearly all nations people give their own country positive marks for dealing with the crisis (the U.S. and UK are notable exceptions,)” the report states. “Relatively few think China has handled the pandemic well, although it still receives considerably better reviews than the U.S. response.”

For the survey, Pew said it used data from nationally representative surveys of 13,273 adults from June 10 to Aug. 3, 2020. All surveys were conducted over the phone with adults.

The only country in the survey where most residents continue to hold favorable views of the United States is South Korea, where 59% said they find America favorable. The least favorable views were found in Belgium, at 24%. Overall the 13 countries provided a median 34% favorable rating for the United States.

Nowhere was strong confidence offered for Trump’s prospects to “do the right thing regarding world affairs.”

Trump’s highest confidence ratings were found in Japan at 25% and Australia at 23%. In Belgium, only 9% expressed confidence; in Germany and Denmark, 10%, France, 11%, Canada, 19%, and United Kingdom, 20%.

Trump’s median confidence rating was just 16%.

Xi’s median confidence rating was 19%; and Putin’s, 23%. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel registers the highest median confidence, 76%. France President Emmanuel Macron‘s was  68%, and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s, 48%.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Ron Ogden

    September 15, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    This is a good thing. For too many decades, Europe and the rest of the world took American for granted, but President Trump changed that. Remember a few months ago when the hot social theory of the moment was “disruption”? Everyone was supposed to change the status quo by being a “disrupter” in whatever organization or culture they inhabited. It was new, it was edgy, it was hot. It was the youth thing.
    Well, guess what. Better yet, guess who.
    But now it ain’t so much fun, is it?

  • Bob Titus

    September 15, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    where’s their graph re:same which is so much more compelling?

  • Nick Whitehead

    September 16, 2020 at 1:26 am

    I recall the idiots who supported Trump in 2016 telling me that Trump would restore the United States as the leader of the world and that the US would get respect from other countries if Trump got elected. That was clearly far from what has actually happened. Trump has religated the US to the status of third-world has been. Trump has only elevated the country that put him in office – Russia.

  • Kyle

    September 16, 2020 at 2:19 am

    It still surprises me that these polls are worth reporting on the results. When you cut off their supply of money, countries will look at you less favorable. Take the World Health Organization for another example, the US was giving more money to them and we had the 3rd most populated country. I think it was like 895 billion dollars where China the number 1 populated country and they where paying like 85 billion dollars.
    For so long not one president has truly cared about how the middle class has been living. Trump could really care less as to what other countries think of us as long as he can help our citizens in our own country. I think that shows by the what the unemployment rates were before Chinese virus hit.

  • James Robert Miles

    September 16, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    The booming economy was created by Obama and certainly not the mental retard in the White House who has managed to annoy all of our closest allies while warming up to dictators in North Korea, and don’t forget Trump’s boy friend Putin in Russia among other dictators. Grow a brain and get real. The make up wearing, hair dying. spray on tan wearing Trump is a pox on America, nothing more, nothing less!!

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