Graphic shows confidence in selected world leaders to do the right thing in world affairs.


Putin and Xi outrank Trump in confidence poll

By Jordi Bou

October 2, 2018 - A poll of 26,000 people in 25 countries found seven in 10 people have less confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump than they do in Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.

Across all countries, an average of 27 percent of respondents said they had confidence in Trump. That compared unfavourably to Putin, on 30 percent, and Xi, on 34 percent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the only leader in which a majority of those surveyed, 52 percent, expressed confidence. French President Emmanuel Macron was just behind at 46 percent.

Despite Trump’s low ratings, 63 percent of respondents said the world was better off with the United States as the leading power, compared to 19 percent who preferred China in that role.

The countries with the most positive views of the United States were Israel, the Philippines and South Korea, all at 80 percent or above. Across all countries, the U.S. got positive marks, with 50 percent saying they had a positive view, compared to 43 percent who were negative.

PUBLISHED: 02/10/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty Images
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