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Americans think the world views the U.S. poorly -- worst rating since Bush was in office

Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:12 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans believe the world at large sees the U.S. more unfavorably (57%) than favorably (42%), their worst assessment of the country's image in 10 years. A year ago, Americans' perceptions were more positive than negative.

These results are from a Gallup survey conducted Feb. 1-5, about two weeks into Donald Trump's presidency. The 42% favorable rating is one of the lowest since Gallup began asking this question in 2000 and may be attributable to the election of Trump, whose sometimes controversial statements and actions have rankled several world leaders. However, Americans' perceptions of the image of the U.S. abroad were marginally worse in 2007, when 40% thought the world viewed the nation favorably. At the time, the U.S. was embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President George W. Bush was highly unpopular.

The high-water mark for Americans believing the U.S. is viewed favorably was 79% in 2002, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Much of this year's drop in favorable perceptions of how the world views the U.S. is fueled by a precipitous slide among Democrats now that a Republican president is in office. Currently, 31% of Democrats think the world views the U.S. at least somewhat favorably, down from 68% last year. By contrast, Republicans' views have improved this year, to 54% from 39%, but not enough to offset the decline among Democrats.

Few Americans Believe Leaders Worldwide Respect Trump

Fewer than three in 10 Americans (29%) say leaders of other countries have respect for the new president, with 67% saying world leaders do not have much respect for him. When Barack Obama took office in 2009, the results were nearly opposite: 67% of Americans then believed global leaders respected the president, while 20% said leaders did not. At the time of the prior presidential transition in 2001, more Americans also believed George W. Bush was respected than believed he was not.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/203834/americans-world-standing-worst-decade.aspx

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:20 am

Idea

THE BEST thing that many Americans could do for themselves, to save themselves from that insidious cancer that has put them in their current national predicament, would be for the majority to divorce themselves from that inbred and wastrel 25.4% of the country that supports the new Trump/Teabagger rump of the old GOP...

And let that gormless, redneck, cowardly, alt.right, racist, fascist, "patriot" greed_fuelled quarter loose, to find their own way in the world..

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Post by eddie on Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:22 pm

Without being as vehement about it, I agree with wolfie in this. The public need to demonstrate their dislike and yes, divorce themselves from what's going on. It's the only way to show Trump that he can't do fuckeries on their country.

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Post by Angry Andy on Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:29 pm

The longer Trump remains it office, the more it seems like a coup rather than election win by a dictator , not a president.

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:54 pm

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:Idea

THE BEST thing that many Americans could do for themselves, to save themselves from that insidious cancer that has put them in their current national predicament, would be for the majority to divorce themselves from that inbred and wastrel 25.4% of the country that supports the new Trump/Teabagger rump of the old GOP...

And let that gormless, redneck, cowardly, alt.right, racist, fascist, "patriot" greed_fuelled quarter loose, to find their own way in the world..

Bring on the 'Divided States of America'.        Arrow

Why do you think I favor a separate Pacific States of America, specifically divorced from the American south? Centered around California--the fifth largest economy in the world--it could be a mecca for real new world values...not one invested in slavery and subsequent racism.

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