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"America First?" Rating World Leaders: 2019

Discover how people in more than 130 countries and areas rated U.S. leadership during President Donald Trump's second year in office -- and how the global image of U.S. leadership compares with the leadership of Germany, China and Russia.

Should the U.S. care what the world thinks? The short answer is yes.

The global approval rating of U.S. leadership sits at its lowest level for any of the past three U.S. administrations. This low rating could have implications for U.S. "soft power" -- getting people to go along with policies because they want to -- and billions in U.S. trade.

And while it's not yet clear whether it's a success or failure, Trump's foreign policy of "America First" in its second year may have opened the door for China and Russia to flex their global influence.

What does this mean for U.S. influence abroad for the next year of Trump's presidency?

Global leaders can download this report to compare how people view the leadership of major countries, so they can know what the people are thinking and then choose to do what they think is right.

Read this report to find out:

  • the approval and disapproval ratings of leadership of the U.S., Germany, China and Russia
  • the advantage China has over the U.S. in terms of leadership approval, and where
  • how the 2018 ratings compare with ratings from the past decade
  • how to better understand what people are thinking worldwide about U.S. leadership
Rating World Leaders. The U.S. vs. Germany, China and Russia

31%
median global approval rating of U.S. leadership

34%
approval rating of China, the country's highest score since 2009

30%
approval rating of Russia, the first time this country has been on equal footing with the U.S.

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