World trusts Putin more than Trump - survey

  17 August 2017    Read: 1644
World trusts Putin more than Trump - survey

Russian President Vladimir Putin is more trusted than US President Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey the Pew Research Center.

In Greece, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, France, Italy and Spain, more people had confidence in the Russian president than in his U.S. counterpart "to do the right thing regarding world affairs," according to the poll.

Trump scored higher than Putin in Britain, Canada, the Netherlands and Poland, according to the survey, which Pew said was conducted in 37 countries earlier this year. Trump also led among non-NATO U.S. allies Australia and the Philippines, as well as in Israel.

Pew released some of its figures for Trump in June. It found only 22% of interviewees had confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs. Almost three in four had little or no confidence in him, Time reported.

The disparity in favor of Putin over Trump was most dramatic in Greece and Germany — where he outscored the U.S. president by 31 and 14 points, respectively. Half of Greeks surveyed said they had confidence in Putin, while only 19% said the same of Trump. Putin had the confidence of a quarter of Germany, and Trump only 11%.

In South Korea, Putin's margin was 10 points. He got 27 percent to Trump's 17%.

Elsewhere, confidence in Putin outpaced that of Trump by 31 points in Lebanon, 21 points in Vietnam and 14 points in Mexico.

Trump only barely came out ahead of Putin in Australia, Canada and Britain. His biggest leads were in in Israel, Nigeria and Poland.

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