Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump's First Year in Office Ends With 39 Percent Approval

Trump's First Year in Office Ends With 39 Percent Approval

But Trump's approval rating of 40%, while an improvement for him, is the lowest mark for any elected president at this point in their term in the White House in the last seven decades.

USA leadership worldwide has grown weaker under one year of Trump than at any point during the Bush or Obama administrations, a new Gallup report showed.

The approval rating of the U.S. dropped to 30 percent in 2017, sinking way below Barack Obama's score of 48 percent two years ago, and even dropping behind the previous low of 34 percent during George W. Bush's final year in office. This historic low puts the US's leadership approval rating on par with China's and sets a new bar for disapproval."The results were based on face-to-face and telephone interviews with about 1,000 people aged 15 and above in each country or are surveyed, Gallop said". This is the lowest rating for the United States that has ever been recorded by Gallup since it started its poll on global leadership over ten years ago.

President Donald Trump is completing his first year in office with an approval rating of 39 percent, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Of the 134 countries, approval ratings declined sharply in 65 of them - many of which are USA allies and partners.

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In just four countries, USA leadership admiration ratings climbed at least 10 percent.

The U.S. did not fare much better in Europe, where the current rating stands at 25 percent.

"Disapproval of US leadership increased nearly as much as approval declined", Gallup said. The new figures mark the first time since 2007 that more global residents disapproved of United States leadership than approved of it (the figures were equivalent in 2008, each at 34 per cent). In Asia, it dropped to 30 percent, matching the previous low during the Bush administration.

The poll also found the now rated about the same as rival countries China (31 percent) and Russian Federation (27 percent). Less tangible than policy changes, but just as critical, will be how Trump's rhetoric, words and actions shape not only how citizens at home and in the broader world view American ideals such as a free press and fair elections, but the moral leadership that Americans - and the rest of the globe - have long expected of the US President.

The polling and research organization concluded, "It is clear that based on the trajectory of what the world thinks of the US, numerous USA alliances and partnerships that the Trump administration considers a "great strength" are potentially at risk".

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