t the halfway mark of Donald Trump’s presidency, a new Gallup report shows the image of U.S. leadership is in poor shape, but its approval ratings are no longer in free fall.
After tumbling to a record-low 30% during the first year of Trump’s presidency, the image of the U.S. is still as poor in his second. The median global approval rating that adults across 133 countries and areas give the job performance of U.S. leadership remained stable at 31% in 2018.
Following a year of epic losses in approval in 2017, when U.S. leadership ratings declined 10 percentage points or more in 65 countries, the dust settled in 2018. Out of 133 countries, U.S. leadership approval ratings declined substantially in just five countries — Macedonia, Slovakia, Cambodia, Iran and Turkey.