Worldwide Approval of US Leadership Drops Significantly, but Israeli Approval Rises

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The meeting lives on as one of the oddest moments of Trump's first year.

President Donald Trump shares a laugh with (clockwise from left) Ms.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Vice President Mike Pence on.

In February, just after Trump took office, 44 percent of respondents in the poll said they approved of the president's performance, while 48 percent disapproved.

"Disapproval of US leadership increased nearly as much as approval declined", Gallup said.

Germany has replaced the U.S.as the top-rated global power in the world, at 41 per cent according to Gallup.

The survey found wall-to-wall declines throughout the Americas - with the biggest shift in the next-door neighbour to the north.

According to recent polls, USA voter confidence in his temperament, leadership strength and ability to unite Americans have fallen, at times sharply, since a year ago.

"U.S. stock markets soared to records during President Donald Trump's first year in office, benefiting from a mix of pro-business policies, steady corporate earnings and a rebound in global economic growth".

Those numbers were backed up by another new poll Thursday. Approval ratings plunged in every country in the region to a median 24 percent, about half of what it was during Obama's previous year in office. Overall, 57 percent of people said they disapproved of the president's job.

Former President Barack Obama's had moved 18 points, George W. Bush's had moved 39 points and Bill Clinton's had moved 22 points to this point in their tenures.

It withdrew from the Paris climate accord, cancelled the Trans-Pacific Partnership, began renegotiating NAFTA, recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, withdrew from the United Nations cultural agency, questioned or watered down agreements with Iran and Cuba, blocked Syrian refugees, cancelled several migration programs, instituted a travel ban on certain countries, threatened North Korea over its nuclear program and re-committed to the war in Afghanistan.

His top flaws include siding the Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that the country didn't interfere with U.S. elections, endorsing Alabama GOP nominee and alleged sex predator Roy Moore for U.S. Senate and failing to condemn neo-Nazi and other extremists. It dropped 40 percentage points in Canada and 28 points among Mexicans, who have been a frequent target of Trump's insults and on whose border Trump is trying to erect a wall.

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