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The world’s view of the U.S. has plummeted since Trump took office

Approval ratings have dropped to historic lows.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jan 18, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:20 am CDT

The image of U.S. leadership across the globe is at its lowest point in more than a decade since President Donald Trump has taken office, a Gallup poll released on Thursday shows.

Out of 134 countries polled, the median approval of America’s leadership is 30 percent—lower than at any point during President Barack Obama‘s or President George W. Bush‘s presidencies.

During Obama’s last year in office, 48 percent of countries polled approved of the United States’ leadership. That number has plummeted 18 points since Trump took office.

The previous low of world approval came in 2007, Gallup reports, during the last year of Bush’s presidency. The world gave the United States a 34 percent approval rating at that time.

Relatedly, disapproval of the United States has spiked sharply in the past year. Currently, a median of 43 percent of countries “disapprove” of the United States, up 15 points from the previous year, according to Gallup. Only four countries—Liberia, Macedonia, Israel, and Belarus—increased their ratings of the U.S. by 10 points or more.

Gallup’s poll found countries across the world seem most confident in Germany, which scored a 41 percent approval rating. The United States was one point behind China and only three points ahead of Russia’s approval rating.

During Obama’s presidency, the United States was more than 10 points above both China and Russia.

You can read more about Gallup’s poll here.

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2018, 9:11 am CST