Those of that live in North America get a very steady diet of anti-Trump sentiment, particularly from the hosts of American late night television and the liberal press. The bias in this reportage begs the question; how does the global community feel about Donald Trump and the United States as a whole. Thanks to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center we have a good sense of how the world feels about the Trump Presidency on the second anniversary of Trump’s election, how his approval compares to the leaders of other influential nations and how the rest of the world feels about America in general. In this two part posting, I will first examine how the world feels about Donald Trump’s presidency and in part two, I will take a look at how the world feels about the United States in general and whether Washington takes the interests of the global community into account when making policy decisions.
For the purposes of this assessment, Pew surveyed 26,112 respondents from 25 nations from all regions of the globe, asking them a series of questions about their perceptions of the Trump presidency. Let’s start this posting by looking at how the “confidence to do the right thing” for Donald Trump compares to both Barack Obama and George W. Bush and how the confidence level varies by nation:
As well, there is a relationship between Europe’s right-wing populist party supporters and Trump’s confidence levels:
That said, other than the United Kingdom, there is no European nation in which more than half of right-wing populist party supporters have confidence in Donald Trump.
Let’s look at a brief comparison of the confidence levels for other influential world leaders:
The one significant outlier is Israel. Here is a graphic showing the confidence levels for Israelis in each of the last three presidents showing Russia for comparison:
As you can see, while Donald Trump has not particularly scored well on an international level, the level of confidence in his presidency has actually risen in parts of the world. Certainly, it is not surprising that the level of confidence expressed by Russians has plummeted on a year-over-year basis and it is just as unsurprising that the confidence expressed by Israelis has grown substantially, particularly in light of the U.S. abandonment of the Iranian nuclear deal and its announced embassy move to Jerusalem.
In part two of this posting, I will look at the global response to America’s approach to the world and whether the global community feels that Washington considers their national interests.
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