Make America unpopular again: The world has more confidence in Vladimir Putin than it does in Donald Trump

Emma Haslett
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Donald Trump may have divided the electorate at home, but outside the US the world seems to be united in its opinion of him, a new study has shown: the bad news for Trump is, it's not impressed.

In fact, the study, by the Pew Research Centre, found the world has more confidence in Vladimir Putin as a leader than Donald Trump, with 27 per cent of people saying they have confidence in Putin, versus just 22 per cent for Trump.

On the other hand, three-quarters of the 40,000 people questioned across 37 countries said they had no confidence in Trump, compared with 59 per cent for Putin.

The survey found three-quarters of those surveyed regarded Trump as arrogant, while 65 per cent thought he was intolerant and 62 per cent thought he was dangerous. On a more positive note, 55 per cent perceived him as a strong leader.

Fewer people believed he is charismatic, well-qualified or cares about ordinary people, it added.

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Don't build the wall

Meanwhile, respondents showed a decidedly negative attitude to some of the President's flagship policies, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border, which 76 per cent of those surveyed opposed (not surprisingly, 94 per cent of people in Mexico were against it).

Some 72 per cent disapproved of his plans to withdraw US support for major trade agreements, while 71 per cent were against his plans to ditch climate change agreements. However, while 49 per cent said they disagreed with his plans to withdraw support from the Iran nuclear weapons agreement, more than a third gave the policy their seal of approval.

On the bright side, it looks like their choice of leader has not dented the reputations of Americans themselves. Some 58 per cent of people said they still have a favourable opinion of the people of the United States. Let's hope that lasts...

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