The image of the United States and Donald Trump around the world has plummeted from poor to dire due to the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a global poll.
A Pew Research Center survey of more than 13,000 adults in 13 advanced economies between June 10 and August 3 shows international trust in the United States and its president declining sharply across the board, hitting all-time lows in several countries.
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The poll found Trump was the least trusted world leader. A median of 16% of respondents across the 13 countries believed that Trump “would do the right thing in world affairs”, putting him under Vladimir Putin (23%) and Xi Jinping (19%).
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was the most trusted leader, with a confidence rating of 76% among the six leaders presented as options. Emmanuel Macron (64%) and Boris Johnson (48%) are also on the list.
The global popularity of the United States has declined 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.
Audiences in each of the 13 countries were united in seeing the United States as the worst response to the coronavirus. An average of 15% believe the Trump administration has done a good job. Its highest score was in Spain, where 20% think they have handled the crisis well. The 13,000 adults surveyed gave much higher ratings to the performance of their countries, the World Health Organization, the EU and, in most cases, China.
The findings are likely to be welcomed by the WHO in particular, as it is the goal of a campaign by Trump and his administration to blame the pandemic. An average of 64% rated the organization was doing a good job in addressing the outbreak.