The world hates Trump
WashingtonPost, June 27, 2017
The world doesn’t have much regard for the president of the United States. That’s the unsurprising takeaway from a massive new Pew study polling attitudes toward the United States in 37 countries, from Canada to Russia to South Africa.
But the degree to which the world dislikes President Trump is, by some measures, rather remarkable. Below are four findings that stood out.
1. The world distrusts Trump more than Vladimir Putin
Plenty of folks have pointed to the finding that Russia is one of the few countries that actually likes Trump — a 53 percent majority there has confidence in Trump to do the right thing on the world stage — but another Putin-related finding is even more telling.
According to the poll, significantly more of the people surveyed in those 37 countries distrust Trump than distrust Putin. While 59 percent of people say they have no confidence in the Russian president to do the right thing, 74 percent have no confidence in Trump.
2. In each of allied countries, 9 out of 10 view Trump as «arrogant,» 7 in 10 as «dangerous»
Trump has rewritten U.S. foreign policy by, in many cases, spurning allies while playing nice with authoritarian regimes and strongmen. And views of Trump in Western Europe and North America reflect that.
Perhaps the most remarkable finding on that front is that about 9 out of 10 people in many of these countries describe Trump as “arrogant,” and about 7 in 10 in many of them label him “dangerous.”
In each of Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and Australia, at least 89 percent describe Trump as arrogant, while at least 69 percent describe him as dangerous. Many of these countries, again, are chief allies and leaders of the developed world.
3. Even nationalists don’t love Trump
One of the biggest narratives in Europe recently has been whether the strain of populism and nationalism that Trump and Brexit embodied would catch on in other countries. Yet the Pew study actually suggests that those right-wing populists in Europe aren’t even on the Trump Train.
They are certainly more favorable toward Trump than the rest of their countries, true. But just 39 percent of those with a favorable view of the National Front party (the one led by Marine Le Pen, who lost in a landslide in France’s presidential election last month) also have confidence in Trump. The U.K. Independence Party is similar, with 44 percent of those approving of it also having confidence in Trump. In no country does even half of this demographic have confidence in Trump.
4. Trump’s reputation is already worse than George W. Bush’s — at the depths of his presidency
By the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, disapproval of the Iraq War had sullied the United States’s reputation in Europe and across the world. And yet even at the beginning of his presidency, Trump is already in marginally worse shape than Bush ever was.
So even without a big war or other international crisis, Trump was already in sub-Bush territory in a number of these countries. And before folks start pointing to Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement as a crisis, this poll was conducted before that — from Feb. 16 to May 8.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США