Germany rated top global power, USA slumps to new low in poll

Ruben Ruiz
January 23, 2018

Throughout his presidency, Trump's approval ratings have been the lowest of any president in modern history both in terms of personal matters and his policies. Seven in 10 Americans say he has acted in a way that is not presidential, while a quarter say his behavior has been fitting and proper for the nation's chief executive.

Regionally, the image of US leadership suffered most in the Americas, where approval ratings dropped to a new low. Twenty-eight percent say the economy is "not so good", while 12 percent describe it as "poor". Even among those who approve of Trump's handling of the presidency more generally, almost a quarter (24 percent) say he hasn't gained the respect of other world leaders.

In Canada, 20 per cent of respondents said they approved of the job performance of US leadership; 76 per cent said they disapproved. And 52 percent see him as biased against blacks - soaring to 79 percent of blacks themselves.

The poll, which surveyed 900 adults, has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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Trump fired back at the accusations, that two of his greatest assets are his "mental stability" and being "like, really smart". Disapproval was highest for the United States (58%), followed by Russian Federation (38%), China (35%) and Germany (29%). Also, 49 percent, think that Trump himself has taken part in obstructing justice in the investigation.

Americans are split over whether President Trump is mentally fit for office, but they're certain he's not an egg head. That said, far fewer, 26 percent, think there's been "solid evidence" of obstruction; the rest call it their suspicion only. In November, 61 percent of Americans said the Democratic Party's leaders were criticizing Trump without presenting alternatives; that's down to 53 percent.

A remarkable 87 percent are in support of the DACA immigration program that was ended by the Trump administration. However, just 31 percent say the Democrats are offering alternatives, essentially unchanged from 28 percent last fall. The 43% median disapproval, up 15 points from the previous year, set a new record as well, not only for the USA but for any other major global power that Gallup has asked about in the past decade. APPROVAL - Trump's gone from 11 points under water in job approval last spring to 22 points today, a shift that occurred by July and has stabilized since. Another 13 percent said his "America first" policy made them feel more positive.

The First Lady had a 48% favorability rating among 1,500 voters polled earlier this month, five points higher than the 43% they gave her husband, or the 41% her stepdaughter received. The world's approval of USA leadership in 2017 dropped 18 percentage points from 2016, the last year of President Barack Obama's administration, and was four points lower than in 2008, the final year of President George W. Bush's administration, which had been the previous nadir. That's the highest level since October 2006, just before Republicans lost 30 House seats during the George W. Bush administration.

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