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Under Trump, US reputation hits rock-bottom: Pew global survey

Under Trump, US reputation hits rock-bottom: Pew global survey”

As in other countries surveyed by Pew Research for its new report on worldwide perception of the USA and its President, the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus appears to have damaged the US' image.

In terms of the pandemic, respondents were asked to say if the USA had done a good job responding to the coronavirus.

Similarly, Germans gave the United States some of "its worst ratings", the authors note, with only 10% who said they have confidence in Trump, compared with 13% in 2019 and 86% in 2016 while Barack Obama was president. Much of the blame internationally appears to have been laid at Trump's door.

"When the USA builds walls between itself and the rest of the world whether that's a literal wall on the border with Mexico, or maybe a figurative wall, in a way, in terms of making it hard for people to immigrate to the United States, those kind of things are also driving these negative views".

By contrast, most people surveyed gave high marks to the World Health Organization - frequently blamed by the Trump administration - as well as their own countries.

Putin comes in fourth, with 23% of global respondents saying they have confidence that he would "do the right thing regarding world affairs", according to Pew.

His highest rating was in Japan, where still just 25 percent said they had confidence in his decision-making.

Trump found pockets of support among poll respondents who were favourable of right-wing, populist parties.

Trump ranks last in trust when compared with the six world leaders in the survey.

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"President Donald Trump has on average received low approval ratings from Americans during his time in office â€" and new data shows people around the world continue to view him very negatively.

A median of just 15% say that the USA has done a good job handling the outbreak.

But South Koreans separate their view of Mr Trump from their view of the US.

Trump and his backers will cite the Pew data as evidence that other countries just don't like it when the U.S. stops letting itself be taken advantage of and stands up for itself.

"Four years ago, I ran for president because I can not watch this betrayal of our country any longer", Trump said in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last month.

Pew said the survey's findings are based on feedback from 13,273 respondents from June 10 to August 3.

A little more than a quarter (26 percent) of Germans have a positive view of the US.

A 13-nation survey by the Pew Research Center found that only one country - South Korea - still had mostly favorable views of the United States, and even there it was only 59 percent. The U.S. was not included in the survey.



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