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Trump less trusted internationally than Putin and Xi after Covid-19 response

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

America's image around the world has plummeted in the wake of its coronavirus response, according to a new Pew survey, which found that a number of countries view President Trump as less trustworthy than Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

(CNN)The United States' image around the world has plummeted in the wake of its coronavirus response, a major global survey has found.

People in several of America's allied nations are dismayed by President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis and view him as less trustworthy than other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center.

Favorability toward the US in the UK, Canada, France, Japan and Australia is the lowest it has been in at least two decades, the survey found.

Trump's personal ratings slumped further in the annual index, with respondents in the UK, Spain, France and Germany giving him ratings comparable to the lowest points of former President George W.

Meanwhile, people in all 13 of the major countries surveyed considered the American response to the Covid-19 pandemic worse than that of China, the World Health Organization, the EU or their own governments.

The driving force behind the slump in attitudes toward Trump was a response to the coronavirus that has left nearly 200,000 Americans dead and more people infected than anywhere else.

Fewer than 1 in 6 people surveyed thought the US had handled the outbreak well, with majorities in most countries saying it had done "very badly. "

But overall, fewer than 1 in 5 people in Canada and Western Europe trusted Trump to do the right thing in international affairs.

In Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany, around 1 in 10 said they had confidence in Trump.

By contrast, Trump had a lower rating than Russia's Putin or China's Xi. Pew noted that past surveys had included countries such as India, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria and the Philippines, where Trump had a relatively higher favorability rating, but that the survey could not be conducted in those nations this time due to the pandemic, as they would have required face-to-face interviews.

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