VERY few countries around the world believe that Donald Trump is qualified to be president, according to a survey carried out by Pew Research Centre between 16 February and 8 May this year.
The survey by the Washington based Pew also found that Trump’s presidency has had a “major impact on how the world sees the United States” and that his policies “are broadly unpopular around the globe”.
“Across all the characteristics tested, positive and negative, President Trump is most likely to be described as arrogant,” the Pew report says.
Within 26 of the 37 countries surveyed in three continents more than half of respondents consider Trump to be dangerous.
The finding are based on interviews carried out Pew with more than 40,000 people in 37 countries. Apparently, only two countries ( Israel and Russia) have a better opinion of president Trump than they had of his predecessor Barack Obama.
Significantly, it is among the traditional US allies that the confidence has dropped the most, according to the survey. For instance, while 86% of Germans had faith in Obama only 11% do so in Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined that sentiment after she met Trump and commented that Europe could no longer “completely depend“ on its old ally.
While only 15% of the people interviewed think that their own countries’ ties with the US will improve, 54% of Nigerians and 51% Ghanaians think things will get better (as do 53% of Russians, who are generally optimistic about Trump in the White House.
India is comparatively positive about the US president with 40% of respondents showing confidence in Trump compared to 58% for Obama.
Pew also found that Trump’s approval ratings within the US have remained low since he took office in January. It suggests just 39% of Americans think he is doing a good job. However, that figure drops to just 7% among African American voters.
Across the board, Trump is seen as a strong leader, particularly in Latin American and Africa. However, the downside for him is that very few countries believe he is qualified to be president.
In his five months in office, the US president has kept the world on tenterhooks with his wide sweeping controversial statements, off the cuff utterances and through his daily twitter comments.