Vladimir Putin more trusted than Donald Trump to do ‘the right thing’, says survey

Vladimir Putin has more confidence that he will do ‘the right thing’ for World Affairs than President Donald Trump, who has seen US global image ratings dropping to record lows since he took office. 

A survey by the Pew Research Centre asked respondents their confidence levels in Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Xi Jinpin, Putin and Trump to do the right thing regarding world affairs.

52% of people were confident that German Chancellor Merkel would do the right thing, whereas only 27% of respondents thought Trump would. 70% said they had no confidence that he would do the right thing.


Confidence is particularly low in European countries, with the UK reporting the highest level of confidence with 28%. Germany, France and Spain posted results of 10%, 9% and 7% respectfully. It is also noted that those in the UK who hold a favourable view of UKIP, express higher levels of confidence in Trump.

This is the complete opposite of former President Barack Obama who had confidence levels near 100%.


In other areas of the World, China is seen as a rising power, with 70% of people believing that they play a more important role in the World than they did 10 years ago. 41% believe the same for Russia, whereas 30% of respondents believe the UK plays a less important role.

However, 39% of respondents do believe that the US is the World’s leading super power, compared to 34% saying China. 63% say that it is better for the World that the US is the leading power, whereas only 19% of people answered China.

The Pew survey was conducted between May and August and based on more than 26,000 interviews.

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