Global approval of U.S. leadership fell to a record low during Donald Trump's first year in office. In fact, Germany's leadership approval now leads U.S. leadership approval worldwide. Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner at Gallup, discusses these important trends, as well as other key findings based on how 134 countries and areas rate U.S. leadership. Later, we reveal the percentage of Americans who say they cannot name an objective news source.
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The number of countries where majorities disapprove of U.S. leadership jumped from 15 in 2016 to 53 in 2017. Key Western allies are among those with the worst opinions of U.S. leadership.
Russians are more likely to say it is important for Russia to act firmly with the U.S. (52%) than to say it is important for the countries to have good relations (29%). Few expect relations to get worse under President Donald Trump.