Putin, Xi more trusted than Trump worldwide: poll
© Getty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE ranked below Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAs civil war rages, diplomacy fails with Libya's Haftar The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump as Sanders exits race What way for NATO? Hungary follows Turkey down the authoritarian path MORE and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a new worldwide poll that asked respondents about their confidence in global leaders to "do the right thing" in world affairs. 

The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that 64 percent of survey respondents across the 33 participating countries said they have no confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs. Twenty-nine percent said they do have confidence in Trump, and 7 percent said they did not know.

Forty-three percent of survey respondents said they have no confidence in Xi to do the right thing in world affairs, compared to 28 percent who said they do have confidence and 23 percent who said they did not know.  

ADVERTISEMENT

Meanwhile, 57 percent of survey respondents said they had no confidence in Putin, compared to 33 percent who said they do and 8 percent who said they do not know.

Trump’s favorability rating is especially low in Western Europe, according to the Pew Research Center; approximately three-in-four people in Germany, Sweden, France, Spain and the Netherlands lack confidence in Trump. In Mexico, 89 percent say they do not have confidence in the president.

The disapproval of Trump is largely driven by the administration's decision to increase tariffs on imported goods. Sixty-eight percent of people said they did not support the policy, while 18 percent did. Disapproval of America's withdrawal from international climate change agreements and Trump’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico also polled negatively among the majority of respondents. 

However, 41 percent of those surveyed said they did support “U.S. negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTired of worrying about the pandemic? There's always Pyongyang Overnight Defense: Pentagon orders bases to stop reporting coronavirus numbers | Hospital ship arrives in NY | Marines pause sending new recruits to boot camp | Defense bill work delayed North Korea: 'Reckless remarks' by Pompeo show US doesn't want nuclear talks MORE about the country’s weapons program,” compared to 36 percent who disapproved.

There were six nations in which the majority people surveyed said they had confidence in Trump’s handling of world affairs, including Israel, where 74 percent of survey respondents said they supported his decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  

In most countries, there was no major change in favorability for America as a whole between 2018 and 2019. Ten countries did see “significant increases” in people with favorable views of the U.S. 

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted among 36,923 people in 33 countries from May 18 to Oct. 2, 2019.