Source: Common Dreams
“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe”
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings in the United States have been described as “historically low,” and according to a new global survey published by Pew Research Center, he is not faring much better overseas.
The survey, based on interviews conducted in 37 countries, found that Trump’s first six months in the White House have done more to harm public opinionof the U.S. around the world than George W. Bush’s entire eight-year tenure.
Much of the world’s ire was directed at specific policies either proposed or implemented by the Trump administration, like his longstanding call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. But the survey also included broader questions, aimed at gauging the world’s view of Trump’s character. Sixty-two percent of those polled said they believe Trump is “dangerous,” and only 22 percent expressed confidence that Trump would “do the right thing” in international affairs.
“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations,” Pew noted in a summary of the report’s findings. “Trump’s character is also a factor in how he is viewed abroad. In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous.”