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In an annual survey, Pew asked respondents from around the world whether they had confidence the U.S. president would "do the right thing regarding world affairs."

  • Confidence dropped in 35 of 37 countries since Barack Obama left office. In European countries, confidence in President Trump is as low as 7%. Sweden had the biggest drop, from 93% under Obama to 10% now.
  • The outliers: Confidence increased by 7% in Israel, and a staggering 42% in Russia since Trump took office.
  • Why it matters: Trump is the "America First" president, and proudly so, but it's a problem when only tiny slivers of populations in closely allied countries like France, Germany and the U.K. have faith in the U.S. president. It won't help those alliances, and it certainly won't help the U.S. project soft power around the world.

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