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Just 7 per cent of Spanish, 9 per cent of French and 10 per cent of Germans said they had confidence in Mr Trump's leadership.

"As has largely been the case since Pew Research Centre's first Global Attitudes survey in 2002, attitudes toward the U.S. in sub-Saharan Africa are largely positive", the not-for-profit polling group notes.

Still, by a slim margin, more people name the U.S.as the world's leading economic power - a median of 39 percent say the USA, 34 percent say China.

The Chinese leader inspires more confidence among Kenyans, the poll finds, than does Germany's Angela Merkel (43 per cent), France's Emmanuel Macron (46 per cent) and Russia's Vladimir Putin (38 per cent).

Among the countries that bucked the trend, the most significant increase was in Russian Federation, up 11 points, yet it had by far the lowest score under Obama - only 15% of respondents looked on the U.S. favourably at the end of his tenure.

According to the Pew poll, USA standing has taken hits across the world. Many believe the U.S.is doing less to help solve major global challenges than it used to.

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In Canada, whose prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Trump has called "disonhest and weak", only 39% of respondents had a positive view of the U.S., down from 65% at the end of the Obama presidency. Russia, Kenya and Israel are the only countries where a positive shift has been recorded, the survey shows.

One silver lining for Trump in the global survey was that his approval rating improved to 27% from 22% a year ago. "I didn't expect that reaction but that's okay", Trump said, drawing even more laughter. That compared unfavourably with Mr Putin, on 30 per cent, and Mr Xi, on 34 per cent. Former President Barack Obama, who championed multilateralism and nurtured ties with foreign leaders, was seen as a more trustworthy steward of global affairs, with a median of 64 percent expressing confidence in his ability to direct American foreign policy, the 2017 survey found. A median of 70 percent of respondents said that the USA does not take their country's interests into account. "This is exactly what the Russians and President Putin would hope for", she said. Across all countries, the USA got positive marks, with 50 percent saying they had a positive view, compared to 43 percent who were negative.

A large majority of Kenyans (70 per cent) have a favourable view of the U.S., compared to a global median of 50 percent.

Many poll respondents also say they don't see the US doing as much to address the world's problems as in the past. Much of the world also considered China a rising global power, if not already the most important economic power already. A median of 63 percent favored USA leadership compared to 19 percent who favored China.

The trend was especially pronounced this year in Europe: In France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United States a combined median showed a majority (57 percent) didn't think the USA respected personal freedom.

The survey was based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with 26,112 respondents in 25 countries from May 20 to August 12 and is generally based on national samples, with the margin of error for each country available on the nonprofit research organization's website.


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