Man, Swedes really don’t trust Trump. They’re not alone.

REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
Stockholm, Sweden

Pew Research Center has just released a survey of opinions of how much confidence people from 37 nations around the world have that the United States will do the right thing in international affairs.

Guess what? The world lost a lot of that confidence when Donald Trump took over from Barack Obama. The difference is quite stark. Here’s the summary paragraph of Pew’s report:

Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.

The full report breaks it down by country. The biggest drop in confidence occurred among respondents in Sweden, where 93 percent said they had confidence in Obama — but just 10 percent say the same about the current incumbent, a drop of 83 percentage points. The top five drops were rounded out by Germany and the Netherlands (drop of 75 points); South Korea (minus 71 percentage points) and France (70 percentage points).

Just two of the 37 countries had more confidence in Trump than they had previously felt for Obama: Russia, where 53 percent of respondents trusted Trump compared 11 percent who said the same about Obama; and Israel, where 56 percent trusted Trump compared to 49 who had trusted Obama.

The interviews with a total of 40,448 respondents in the 37 countries were conducted between Feb. 16 and May 8, 2017. The full report is viewable here.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/30/2017 - 11:45 am.

    This depends

    …of course, on one’s definition of what “doing the right thing” actually means in practice. Sadly, there are surely plenty of people for whom whatever Trump does will qualify as “the right thing,” regardless of how crude or reprehensible it might be. My own confidence level in the current President remains somewhere below Sweden’s, but I don’t think anyone in Washington cares very much about my personal views in this regard.

  2. Submitted by LK WOODRUFF on 06/30/2017 - 12:35 pm.

    World, Beware!

    Trump is openly disgusting, it is true. Really, really blatantly out there 24/7:(
    Someone really needs to hide his phone…for starters.

    But what is being planned, and starting to roll out more and more now, are the plans he and his Admin (and the Koch Bros) have underway, from privatization of infrastructure to gathering full detailed info on every voter in the country, to the absolute obliteration of our federal government. Trump et al are Hitler and the Nazis all over again. I think they’re finding it to be a bit harder today in 2017, with all of the computerization helping us all stay informed, to quietly implement their schemes. But more open knowledge and communication of the world’s population certainly isn’t stopping them. Every single American especially should be on high alert and doing everything humanly possible to thwart their many efforts, in every way. Or one day SOON life as we have all known it will end and the replacement will not be to our liking at all.

    Do NOT be complacent!! Remove the rose-colored glasses and see the REALITY. And take ACTON!

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/30/2017 - 03:00 pm.

    The Trust of the World

    During the Cuban missile crisis, J.F.K. sent Dean Acheson to France to show the C.I.A.’s surveillance photos of the Cuban missiles to President de Gaulle. De Gaulle said that he didn’t need to see any pictures. “The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me.”

    My, how things have changed

  4. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 07/03/2017 - 03:38 pm.

    Left Unstated By Mr. Black

    Is the fact that die-hard Trump supporters will see this study and will see it a proof that we need Trump.

    As for reluctant Trump voters, I have no clue what their read will be on this.

  5. Submitted by Barry Tungseth on 07/09/2017 - 07:42 am.

    Fake news

    All the Trump supporters I`ve ever talked to, will claim as they always do, that this is “fake news”. It does not matter who, what, or where it originated from, unless it is a positive review of their fearless leader, they remain steadfast in that opinion. Why this is, I have no clue.

    To me, it`s a plain fact that Trump is a professional con man. I read his book “The Art Of The Deal”, and came away realizing what this ego maniac with a mental stability problem, would could be if he was elected president. I was proved correct within 60 days of his win.

    This country needs Trump and his administration removed. Plain and simple.

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