Less Than One-Quarter Of The Public Thinks Donald Trump Is Respected By Other Leaders

Most Americans don’t think President Donald Trump is respected by other international leaders, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.

Just 24 percent of those polled say leaders of other countries around the world have respect for Trump, while 55 percent say they don’t think those leaders have much respect for him. Another 21 percent aren’t sure.

The survey comes after a tumultuous week for the relationships between the White House and some of the United States’ closest allies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a tense visit to Washington, while officials in the United Kingdom denounced Trump’s claims their intelligence agency had helped to wiretap him as “ridiculous.”

But even earlier in his tenure, Trump faced unusually high doubts about his reputation abroad. A Gallup poll taken in February found that 29 percent of Americans thought Trump was respected by foreign leaders. In contrast, 67 percent and 49 percent, respectively, thought Barack Obama and George W. Bush were considered respected during month two in office, according to Gallup’s polling.

In the HuffPost/YouGov survey, voters who backed Hillary Clinton in last year’s election say by an overwhelming 87-point margin, 91 percent to 4 percent, that Trump is not respected. Those who supported Trump say by a 48-point margin, 61 percent to 13 percent, that he is respected.

There’s also a gap in how much people think Trump’s standing among foreign leaders matters. Clinton voters are 21 points more likely than Trump voters to say it’s “very important” that foreign leaders have respect for Donald Trump, although both groups are about equally likely to say it’s at least somewhat important. 

By contrast, self-described Democrats are only 4 points more likely than self-described Republicans to say it’s very important that Trump commands respect from other leaders.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted March 17-20 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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