|Donald Trump on August 16, 2018, in Washington.|
The image of the United States continues to deteriorate in 2018, except in sub-Saharan Africa. This is shown by a survey published by the Pew Research Institute in Washington. The study links these figures to Donald Trump’s reputation.
The Pew Research Centre poll shows that the image of the United States, which had already deteriorated significantly in 2017 when the former businessman took the reins of power, continued to deteriorate this year in many, especially in Europe.
“Of the 25 countries where we conducted this study, only half have a positive view of the United States. 43% of respondents have an unfavourable opinion, which shows that the image of the country has deteriorated sharply since the end of the Obama presidency. This is particularly the case in France, Germany, Mexico and Canada, that is, among the closest allies in the United States. Few people in France trust Donald Trump, they are only 9%,” says researcher Jacob Poushter, co-authors of the report.
Since his inauguration in January 2017, the US president has subtracted the United States from a whole series of international commitments, the Paris agreement on the climate or that on the Iranian nuclear program for example, while sharply criticising the behaviour of the members of NATO.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the image of the United States remained positive. ” In Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa,” says Jacob Poushter. Even if the numbers are not as good as under the Obama presidency, these three countries still have a favourable opinion of our country. This is something we have been observing for a long time in these countries and it is still the case today.”
The picture of Trump little glittering
As for the image of Donald Trump himself, it is also not the most brilliant. Those who responded to this study have more confidence in Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping than Donald Trump.
And only 7% of Spaniards, 9% of French and 10% of Germans trust the US president. In 20 of the 25 countries surveyed, hostility to Trump is shared by a majority of respondents.
The countries with the most positive image of the United States are Israel, the Philippines and South Korea, countries where those who responded to the survey are more than 80% to have a favourable opinion of the United States…
The survey was conducted between May and August and it bases its results on the responses given by more than 900 people in each of the countries where it was conducted.