From Harry Truman to Barack Obama, no elected U.S. president has had an average first-term approval rating below 45.5%, according to polling data from Gallup. That may soon change, however. President Donald Trump, now more than halfway through his first term, has an average approval rating of just 39% to date.
While Trump may have divided American public opinion more than any president since WWII, he is an even more polarizing figure globally. Currently, the Trump administration has a median approval rating of 31% abroad, the lowest of any of the past three administrations. This is not especially surprising, as Trump has made “America first” the guiding principle of his foreign policy agenda.
Still, global opinion of the Trump administration is anything but uniform. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Gallup poll data to identify the countries that approve — and disapprove — of the job performance of U.S. leadership the most. Approval of the Trump administration tends to be highest in Africa, while disapproval is far more common in European countries.
Global approval is not a realistic goal for any U.S. president. The United States is a global superpower, and such power complicates the U.S. role in international relations. The words and actions of American leadership have real consequences, and what benefits people in one country often may come at some cost to the citizens of another.
To identify the countries with the most and least disrespect for America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed polling group Gallup’s 2019 report “Rating World Leaders: The U.S. vs. Germany, China and Russia.” The countries that like American the most are those with the highest approval ratings, and those that dislike America the most are those with the highest disapproval ratings. GDP per capita is from the International Monetary Fund. Life expectancy and unemployment came from the World Bank.