Global Approval of US Leadership Falls to New Low - Poll Finds

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Forty percent of people surveyed said they approved of Trump's handling of his job, while 55 percent said they disapproved. One of the most significant declines in the confidence of U.S. global leadership was in the United Kingdom where it dropped by a massive 265 of the points.

President Trump will end his first year in office more unpopular than any president in modern history, according to a poll released Friday. But it also said: "The sharp drops in approval of U.S. leadership in every part of the world are evidence that the other aspects of Trump's foreign policy - and his own words - have sowed doubt about the USA commitment to its partners overseas and called its reliability into question".

A new poll shows world's approval of United States leadership has drastically declined - even amongst close allies - since President Donald Trump took office. In Asia, it dropped to 30 percent, matching the previous low during the Bush administration. The US disapproval rating in the region of 39 percent is higher than China's 31 percent.

Approval ratings plummeted 40 points or more, for example, in Canada, Norway, Belgium and Portugal, a sharp reversal from 2016, when majorities in each of these countries approved of US leadership. Japan, South Korea and the Philippines also saw double-digit declines.

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Trump's planned wall across the frontier with Mexico as well as his crude comments about immigrants alienated many south of the border, while approval ratings in Canada, a long-term USA ally, fell from 60 percent to a mere 20 percent, the Gallup survey found. China was at 31 percent and Russian Federation at 27 percent. "He further rankled relations with neighbors Canada and Mexico, repeatedly threatening to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and insisting that Mexico would pay for a wall along their shared border", the report says.

Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), believes the U.S. global leadership has become worse for the most part.

According to recent polls, United States voter confidence in his temperament, leadership strength and ability to unite Americans have fallen, at times sharply, since a year ago.

A thousand adults, aged 15 years or older across more than 130 countries, were questioned between March and November 2017.