Zogby: Trump Approval Lowest on Record, Believers Drop Out

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

A year into Donald Trump's presidency, global confidence in United States leadership has fallen to a new low, according to an opinion survey conducted across 134 countries.

The rating is down 18 percentage points from the 48% approval rating in the last year of President Barack Obama's administration, and is four points lower than the previous low of 34% in the last year of President George W Bush. The global median who do not have an opinion about USA leadership in 2017 (23%) is similar to the 25% in the previous year of the Obama presidency.

President Trump will end his first year in office more unpopular than any president in modern history, according to a poll released Friday.

But Trump's approval rating of 40%, while an improvement for him, is the lowest mark for any elected president at this point in their term in the White House in the last seven decades. According to Gallup, that's a record for any major world power, not just the USA, in the past decade. African countries, as a whole, actually hold USA leadership in higher regard than any other region, with a 51 percent approval rating, down just two percentage points from 2016. More than 30% of British citizens questioned the new expressed approval by the poll where 63% of Britons expressed disapproval of the United States leadership of the free world.

In some United States security allies in Asia - New Zealand, Australia and Singapore - the U.S. approval ratings dropped to new record lows in 2017, a decline of more than 30 points.

More people in the world approved of China's leadership than USA leadership in 2017, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday. Between March and November 2017, residents were asked to rate US, German and Russian leadership in 134 countries or areas, while residents in 135 countries or areas were asked to rate the leadership of China.

The results were based on face-to-face and telephone interviews with about 1,000 people aged 15 and above in each country or are surveyed, Gallop said. He walked out of talks on a new trade and investment deal with Europe and has threatened to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

The survey is, of course, not the first to find America's standing in the world slipping around the world under Trump's leadership. "'I think a lot of respondents when they're being asked this, the first thing that's top of mind is the leader of the country, ' Gallup's global managing partner, Jon Clifton, told POLITICO". The US disapproval rating in the region of 39 percent is higher than China's 31 percent. Younger Americans aren't as pleased with the first lady as the older generation; her biggest fans according to this poll, are over the age of 50.

Meanwhile, approval of United States leadership increased 10 points or more in just four countries: Belarus, Israel, Macedonia and Liberia, according to Gallup.

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