Trump is behind Putin and Xi in the global popularity contest

Trump is behind Putin and Xi in the global popularity contest

Trump is behind Putin and Xi in the global popularity contest

Even though Trump's popularity rose to 40 percent in the CNN poll, that's still the lowest approval rating recorded in the past 70 years for a president at the end of his first year in office. President Trump has proven especially unpopular in the Americas, where disapproval of US leadership has climbed from 27 to 58 percent since President Barack Obama's final year in office.

The Gallup World Poll survey found the median approval of United States leadership at only 30 percent, trailing the 31 percent for China.

"One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the image of USA leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors", Gallup Polling wrote.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush enjoyed comparably high approval ratings: 84 per cent for Mr Bush (following a huge surge in support after the September 11 terrorist attacks) and 55 per cent for Mr Clinton.

Despite raging controversy over Chancellor Angela Merkel's handling of the European migrant crisis, Germany chalked up the highest approval rating with 41 percent.

The poll said the median disapproval rating of USA leadership increased almost as much as approval has declined.

However approval of the USA leadership has increased by 10 points or more in just four countries: Liberia, Macedonia, Israel, and Belarus.

The most recent figure for Trump has his approval at 39 percent, same as the NBC-Journal poll.

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Polling data reveal the US has seen its biggest losses in Portual, Belgium, Norway and Canada, each experiencing a drop in approval rating of at least 40 percent.

Not since 2008 has US leadership lagged behind both Germany and China in approval worldwide, with the Trump era only outpacing Russian President Vladimir Putin's government in 2017 of the four nations studied. Regionally, the image of the USA was weaker in virtually every part of the world, registering record lows within multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

As expected, Republicans are Mrs. Trump's top supporters, at 79 percent favorable, versus 23 percent of Democrats who view her positively.

13 percent chose "putting America first". "In mid-April, 33 percent of Republicans said they would grade Trump's presidency an 'A, ' compared to 43 percent of Republicans who said they would give him the same grade today".

The US also suffered a major drop in its leadership approval leading in Asia, where its contest with China has made the most headlines in Western media. This is according to a new poll that has been carried out by Gallup.

Trump's comments came on Twitter and later during a brief televised appearance at the White House with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

The Gallup results released on Thursday are based on face-to-face and telephone interviews with some 1,000 adults aged 15 and older in each country or region. It carries a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

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