A new poll from the Pew Research Center has found that more people have confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin to “do the right thing regarding world affairs” than say the same about US’ Donald Trump.
Global confidence in Putin is now a full five points higher than in Trump, according to the survey of more than 40,000 people in 37 countries. Only 27% say they have confidence in the Russian leader while 22% say they have confidence in the latter. Those numbers pale in comparison to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom about 42% of the respondents say they have confidence.
What’s wrong with Trump?
CNN reports the results are partly “personality-driven” as his brashness and America First-erism don’t complement with European world. As detailed in the poll, “Among the positive characteristics tested, his highest rating is for being a strong leader. Fewer believe he is charismatic, well qualified or cares about ordinary people.”
But part of the negative opinion is also attributed from the policies he made in his first 10 months of office. This includes his withdrawal from major international trade deals, more recently, from the Paris climate accords; and the construction of US-Mexico border wall, among others.
As global confidence in the president has plummeted, so has the world’s views of the United States as a whole. At the end of Obama’s presidency, an average of 64% of people across the 37 countries had a favorable view of the US. Now, that number is down at 49%.