People across Europe and Asia strongly believe presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump would do a poor job of world affairs as U.S. President, according to new research released by Pew Research Center.
In a survey looking into the public image of the U.S. around the world, Trump inspires little confidence: 85% of the Europeans surveyed doubted Trump’s ability to do the right thing regarding world affairs. Among them, 92% of Swedes and 89% of Germans said they had no confidence in Trump’s ability to handle the international aspect of the presidency. Some 87% of Australians and 82% of Japanese agreed.
The mogul enjoys slightly higher levels of support in China, where only 40% said they had no confidence in his leadership. He also rated comparatively better among European’s Euroskeptic or anti-immigrant parties. In the U.K., 30% of rightwing U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) voters said they had a positive view of Trump. In Germany, people who hold a favorable view of right-wing and anti-refugee party Alternative for Germany (AfD) were more likely to hold confidence in Trump.
The poll showed that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton inspired confidence from the majority of countries surveyed. Across the 10 E.U. nations polled, 59% have faith that she will do the right thing in world affairs. Greece was the notable exception, where 78% say they have no confidence in her ability to deal with world affairs.
But neither candidates enjoy the popularity of U.S. President Barack Obama, who received favorable rating on foreign affairs from 77% of Europeans. In 15 of the 16 countries surveyed, majorities expressed confidence in his proficiency when it comes to handling world affairs. The exception, once again, was Greece, where respondents felt Russian President Vladimir Putin was the stronger leader.
Overall, the U.S. enjoys largely positive views around the world. At least 50% of people in every nation surveyed held favorable opinions of the U.S., with higher-than-average ratings in Poland (74%), Italy (72%) and Japan (72%).
The poll was conducted in 10 European nations, four major Asia-Pacific countries, Canada and the U.S.
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