Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

CNN Poll: Melania Trump's approval numbers top the President's

CNN Poll: Melania Trump's approval numbers top the President's

"This historic low puts the US's leadership approval rating on par with China's and sets a new bar for disapproval".

President Trump has proven especially unpopular in the Americas, where disapproval of USA leadership has climbed from 27 to 58 percent since President Barack Obama's final year in office.

According to recent polls, U.S. voter confidence in his temperament, leadership strength and ability to unite Americans have fallen, at times sharply, since a year ago.

President Donald Trump has shaken up U.S. foreign policy during his first year in office - decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran, recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and threatening North Korea with a nuclear strike.

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Africa as a whole remains the bright spot for US leadership approval, as it has been for the past decade. Some of the biggest losses were among Washington's closest allies in western Europe, Australia and Latin America.

More people around the world disapprove of United States leadership than of Russia's standing, and Putin rates higher than Trump in approval.

The group's director, Kenneth Roth said Trump's failure to condemn "strongmen" like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte has had risky implications outside the U.S. Large gains were also seen in Belarus, Macedonia and Liberia. He went on to set Gallup's lowest-ever approval mark, at just 22 percent in 1952.

"While advancing American influence - one of the four pillars of the administration's new national security strategy - may begin with building up wealth and power at home, as Trump has stated, it can't be achieved without a strong commitment to and close cooperation with partners and allies overseas", the report says.

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Even worse for Mr Trump, more voters overall say they are worse off financially today (43%) than say they are better off (35%).

Gallup began the survey, called Rating World Leaders, in 2007.

The survey, which interviewed at least 1000 adults in each of 134 countries by telephone or face-to-face between March and November past year, finds that global citizens put their view of U.S. leadership on par with that of China, whose leadership gets a 31 per cent approval rate.

The poll, carried out by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, shows that Trump's popularity dropped two points compared to a similar survey made in December 2017.

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