A poll conducted by the performance-management consulting company, Gallup, has revealed on Tuesday that 30 percent of the world approves of US leadership during President Trump’s first year in office. The latest results are the lowest since Gallup began tracking worldwide approval in 2007 and marks an 18 percent drop from 2016 when 48 percent approved of President Obama’s leadership in 2016. According to the researchers who conducted the poll, the sudden drop can be linked to the newest White House administration.
“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,” said Jon Clifton, Gallup’s global managing partner.
The poll surveyed 134 countries, out of which 65 nations saw their approval drop by 10 or more points. Every part of the world had significantly lower approval ratings, with noticeable drops in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
The United States now has a leadership approval rating that is 3 percent higher than Russia’s 27 percent and is one percent short of China’s 31 percent. According to the 2017 poll, Germany has replaced the United States as the highest-rated country in the world.
The poll implies that President Trump lost favor with the world mainly due to his “America First” policies.
Researchers claim that the worst results belonged to nations considered to be US allies, contradicting President Trump’s repeated boasting of having close relationships with global leaders.
The lowest approval of US leadership was traced to Iceland and Russia, with 8 percent supporting it. However, US leadership did not fall short in the eyes of Belarus, Israel, Macedonia, and Liberia, whose approval rating rose 10 percent.
More so, Trump gained favor with Iraq, where support increased by 9 percent. Clifton believes the rise can be attributed to a series of victories against ISIS.
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