'Arrogant, Intolerant, Dangerous': Survey Shows What the World Thinks of Trump
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings in the United States have been described as “historically low,” and according to a new global survey published by Pew Research Center, he is not faring much better overseas.
“In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous.”
—Pew Research CenterThe survey, based on interviews conducted in 37 countries, found that Trump’s first six months in the White House have done more to harm public opinion of the U.S. around the world than George W. Bush’s entire eight-year tenure.
Much of the world’s ire was directed at specific policies either proposed or implemented by the Trump administration, like his longstanding call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. But the survey also included broader questions, aimed at gauging the world’s view of Trump’s character. Sixty-two percent of those polled said they believe Trump is “dangerous,” and only 22 percent expressed confidence that Trump would “do the right thing” in international affairs.
“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations,” Pew noted in a summary of the report’s findings. “Trump’s character is also a factor in how he is viewed abroad. In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous.”
The report also found:
- 76 percent said they disagreed with Trump’s proposed border wall
- 23 percent said they believe Trump cares about ordinary people
- 5 percent of Mexicans polled expressed confidence in Trump
- 62 percent disagree with Trump’s restrictions on Muslim immigration to the U.S.
- 71 percent disagree with Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord
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