Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating

Olivier Douliery | TNS | BDN

President Donald Trump with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during Trump's arrival at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

Even on the world stage Donald Trump finds himself in a weaker position than his two predecessors as his global approval rating stands at a very low 30 per cent.

A new Gallup poll testing worldwide confidence in the leaders of global powers reveals that "median approval of U.S. leadership across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low of 30 percent", down from 48 percent in 2016. Indeed, those surveyed in Haiti gave USA leadership a 29 percent approval rating (18 percentage points lower than the year prior) while just 13 percent of Norwegians said they approved of US leadership, down 42 points from 2016. The now just behind China at 31 per cent, and just ahead of Russian Federation at 27 per cent.

The survey is, of course, not the first to find America's standing in the world slipping around the world under Trump's leadership. The global median who do not have an opinion about USA leadership in 2017 (23%) is similar to the 25% in the past year of the Obama presidency. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled.

In the latest Gallup numbers, 82% of Republicans approve of Trump vs. only 9% of Democrats who approve of him, marking the widest gap between a President's own party and the opposing party in data back to the 1950s.

"This hurts a lot", tweeted Bruce Heyman, former president Barack Obama's last ambassador to Canada. "But most important the language and style coming from (Trump) don't match up to Canadian values".

President scored a 39 percent approval rating in the new - the lowest approval rating in the survey's history for any modern president one year into his term.

Approval ratings plummeted 40 points or more, for example, in Canada, Norway, Belgium and Portugal, a sharp reversal from 2016, when majorities in each of these countries approved of USA leadership.

It withdrew from the Paris climate accord, cancelled the Trans-Pacific Partnership, began renegotiating NAFTA, recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, withdrew from the United Nations cultural agency, questioned or watered down agreements with Iran and Cuba, blocked Syrian refugees, cancelled several migration programs, instituted a travel ban on certain countries, threatened North Korea over its nuclear program and re-committed to the war in Afghanistan.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted of 900 adults, almost half reached by cellphone, and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.



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