Global approval of U.S. leadership has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades in 2017, dropping 18 points from 48 percent to just 30 percent since President Obama left the White House, according to a Gallup survey published Thursday.
President Trump has broken the previous record low of 34 percent in the last year of President George W. Bush’s second term.
Countries in all regions across the globe saw their approval ratings of U.S. leadership drop, with 65 of 134 countries registering double-digit declines in U.S. leadership approval.
However, U.S. leadership approval increased in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including Russia, Ukraine and Israel.
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As a presidential candidate, Trump campaigned on a message of “America First,” vowing to withdraw the U.S. from multilateral trade pacts and other international agreements that he deemed unfair to the U.S.
Within days of taking office, for example, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade deal struck with a nearly a dozen other countries across the Pacific. Approval of U.S. leadership in many of the countries involved in that agreement has declined sharply, the Gallup poll found.
The Gallup survey is based on interviews with 1,000 people aged 15 or older in 134 countries. The margin of error ranges from 2.1 percentage points to 5 percentage points.