WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump is viewed negatively by the public in many countries, but the image of the US itself is generally favorable, according to a survey published on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Israel is one of the few countries widely supportive of the president, the survey found.
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed outside the US said they do not have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in foreign affairs, while just 29% expressed confidence in the US leader.
The survey looked at public opinion in 33 nations and was conducted among 37,000 people between May and October 2019.
Trump is viewed particularly poorly in Western Europe, Pew said.
Only 13% of those polled in Germany said they had confidence in Trump, 18% in Sweden, 20% in France, 21% in Spain, 25% in the Netherlands and Greece and 32% in Britain.
In Russia, 20% said they have confidence in the US president to do the right thing in world affairs.
In Mexico, 89% do not have confidence in Trump, Pew said.
In some countries, the public did express support for Trump: India (56%), Nigeria (58%), Kenya (65%), Israel (71%) and the Philippines (77%).
There was overall disapproval, however, of some of Trump’s signature foreign policy initiatives.
Researchers used the median — the middle value in any list of numbers — to summarize non-US opinion on Trump’s performance.
A median of 68% opposed his imposition of tariffs, 66% opposed the withdrawal from climate change agreements and 60% were against the US-Mexico border wall.
Trump’s direct negotiations with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met with 41% support and 36% disapproval.
Pew also asked respondents for their views on other world leaders.
Germany’s Angela Merkel received top marks with 46% expressing confidence in her leadership, followed by France’s Emmanuel Macron (41%), Russia’s Vladimir Putin (33%) and China’s Xi Jinping (28%).
Overall attitudes toward the United States, however, were favorable, Pew said.
The most positive reviews in Europe came from Poland, where 79% said they have a favorable attitude toward the United States, followed by Lithuania (70%) and Hungary (66%).
The lowest ratings for the United States in Europe came from the Netherlands (46%), Sweden (45%) and Germany (39%).