President Donald Trump is frowned upon by world public opinion, mostly because of his isolationist policies, but the United States maintains a good international image, according to a report by the U.S. research center Pew, released Wednesday.
Less than a third (29%) of those polled believe the Republican billionaire makes "the right decisions", while 64% think the opposite, says the Pew Research Center, which has collected the opinions of more than 35,000 people in more than 30 countries on five continents between May and October 2019.
In 2017, this survey showed only 22 percent favorable opinions for the new U.S. president-elect.
Trump's image is especially bad in neighboring Mexico, where 89% say they do not trust him. That percentage is also high in Argentina (69%) and Brazil (60%).
Anti-Trump sentiments are also strong in Western Europe: in Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, and the Netherlands, approximately three out of four or more do not trust the U.S. president.
The Republican president's measure that generates the most dissatisfaction among respondents is the increase in tariffs, with 68% dissatisfied, followed by the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement (66%) and the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico (60%).
Trump's anti-immigrant decisions garnered 55% of unfavorable opinions, while 52% of respondents disapproved of Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian international nuclear agreement.
To establish these averages, the Pew Research Center calculated the median values expressed in these countries.
The transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is overwhelmingly condemned in Arab countries (93% in Tunisia, 85% in Lebanon, and 78% in Turkey). This decision by Trump, however, is welcomed by 74% of Israelis.
Mixed opinion in Latin America
Only the direct dialogue with North Korea, with three historic meetings between Trump and Kim Jong Un since 2018, gets a small majority of positive opinions (41% in favor, 36% against).
Trump's confidence index remains lower than that of his counterparts, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel (46%) and French President Emmanuel Macron (41%). Trump is even preceded by Russian President Vladimir Putin (33%) but is slightly ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping (28%).
People on the right of the political spectrum are much more likely than those on the left to trust Trump's handling of international affairs, says Pew. In terms of gender, more men than women have a favorable image of the president.
Trump generates resentment, but respondents have a mostly positive opinion (54%) of the United States, especially young people (18-29 years old).
The United States remains very popular in the former Soviet bloc (79% in Poland, 70% in Lithuania) and Israel (83%), but its image is tarnished among its European Union allies, targets of Trump's criticism (39% in Germany).
In Latin America, opinions about the United States are more varied: in Brazil, the majority has a positive opinion (56%) but in Mexico, the majority sees it negatively (55%). In Argentina, opinions are almost equally divided, with about four in ten saying they have a favorable and unfavorable view, says Pew.