Trump is behind Putin and Xi in the global popularity contest

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This post is excerpted from the INDY 's morning newsletter, Primer. "The now on almost even footing with China (31 percent) and barely more popular than Russian Federation (27 percent) - two countries that Trump sees as rivals seeking to 'challenge American influence, values and wealth'". [The Economist] The rest of world is siding with the Democrats on this one.

Median approval of USA leadership across the 134 countries surveyed during Trump's first year in office fell to 30 percent, the lowest figure recorded in the 11 years Gallup has asked the question.

In just four countries, US leadership admiration ratings climbed at least 10 percent. President Trump has proven especially unpopular in the Americas, where disapproval of USA leadership has climbed from 27 to 58 percent since President Barack Obama's final year in office. According to Gallup, that's a record for any major world power, not just the USA, in the past decade.

The US approval rating plunged to an all-time low, by 18 percent from the 48 percent in the last year of President Barack Obama and four points lower than the previous low of 34 percent during the last year of President George W. Bush.

Of all the countries surveyed, approval of US leadership has declined by 10 percentage points or more in 65 countries, including some longtime USA allies.

In Israel, 67 percent of the country's citizens approve of US leadership, equal to the ratings the USA received during the Bush administration.

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In contrast, United States leadership approval increased 10 points or more in just four countries: Liberia (+17), Macedonia (+15), Israel (+14), and Belarus (+11).

China tied with the same 25 percent approval rating in Europe.

The US approval rating suffered most in its own neighborhood, the Americas, where the ratings dropped to a new low. "The global median who do not have an opinion about USA leadership in 2017 (23 percent) is similar to the 25 percent in the previous year of the Obama presidency", the write-up said.

From Politico: The steep decline, researchers said, can be largely attributed to the shift in leadership in the West Wing. He has actively rejected taking global leadership. Many more people view Germany as more of a global leader as compared to the United States with 415 voting for the European country. It has fluctuated between 35% and 40% for the last nine months.

The region in which US leadership's reputation deteriorated most was in the Americas. "'It's probably because of our contributions to what's happening in the defeat of ISIS right now, ' Clifton said of the rise in support". The image of America's leadership now trails both Germany and China, Gallup says. Whether the US will be able to regain the world's trust, as it largely did under President Obama, remains to be seen.

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