Tuesday, June 27, 2017

U.S. Image In World Tanks Under Trump

A new Pew Research Center poll of 37 nations shows that neo-fascist demagogue Donald "Rump" Trump is mistrusted to lead in international affairs by a wide margin. His policies are broadly unpopular and damaging to the U.S.' image abroad, with only 22% having confidence in his ability to do the right thing in international affairs, as contrasted with President Obama, who scored 64% at the end of his second term. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin also received low marks, but neither as low as Rump's. The negative view is particularly stark among the U.S.' closest allies in Europe, Asia and North America. Tellingly, Rump gets higher marks than Obama in only Russia and Israel.

Rump's own character has damaged our country's image abroad, according to the poll:
"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. Among the positive characteristics tested, his highest rating is for being a strong leader. Fewer believe he is charismatic, well-qualified or cares about ordinary people." (emphasis added)
Rump nemesis German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the highest ratings, with 42% expressing confidence in her leadership. Perhaps that's why she's considered by many to be the new leader of the free world.

BONUS:  Here's the change, from Obama to Rump --

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