The rating of trust of world leaders

President Donald Trump inspires less confidence among the global public than Russian President Vladimir Putin (back row cent

President Donald Trump inspires less confidence among the global public than Russian President Vladimir Putin (back row cent

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony for former U.S. Army medic Ronald J. Shurer awarded "for conspicuous gallantry" for actions he took while serving in 2008 in Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2018.

It said Trump's global image remains poor, while ratings for the United States have tumbled to depths much lower than during Barack Obama's presidency. He called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada "very dishonest and weak" in an acrimonious tweet that outraged Canadians across the political spectrum. He has repeatedly criticized Germany over its trade surplus, defense spending, and reliance on Russian natural gas.

Last week, when giving a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Trump drew laughter from world leaders when he claimed to have achieved more in his two years in the White House than nearly any other US administration in history.

Pew, which conducted the survey from May to August, said the data reveals a significant decline in America's worldwide image since Trump took office.

Russian Federation also became the country where the US dropped most in favorability over the past year, from 41 to 26 percent - which was the lowest rating given to the any country.

In Germany, for example, only 10 percent of those surveyed said they had confidence in Trump, 75 percent said the now doing less to address global problems, and many believe the longer respects personal freedoms.

For Mexico, a neighbour Trump wants to isolate with his plans to build a wall, this figure halved from 66% to 32%.

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Positive views in Kenya have jumped 7% to 70%, and in Israel, where Trump has implemented policies seen as favourable to the country, including declaring Jerusalem as its capital to the outrage of Palestinians, they stood at 82%, up 2 points. 40 percent said the US did respect these freedoms.

The drop has been particularly steep in parts of Europe and Latin America, according to the survey of 26,112 respondents by the Pew Research Centre, an independent survey and research group, that was conducted between May 20 and Aug 12. But only a median of 27 percent of those surveyed said they had confidence in Trump, compared with a median of 70 percent who reported lacking confidence in him. That compared unfavourably to Mr Putin, on 30 per cent, and Mr Xi, on 34 per cent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the only leader in whom a majority of those surveyed, 52 per cent, expressed confidence.

Only 9 percent in France and 10 percent in Germany said they have confidence in Trump.

However, people in almost every country tended to select the USA when asked which nation would be better for the world as the top global power.

The trend was especially pronounced this year in Europe: In France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United States a combined median showed a majority (57 percent) didn't think the USA respected personal freedom.

"Large majorities say the USA doesn't take into account the interests of countries like theirs when making foreign policy decisions", the Pew report said.

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