Philippines, Vietnam have strongest confidence in Trump worldwide – survey
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Philippines, Vietnam have strongest confidence in Trump worldwide – survey

FILIPINO and Vietnamese citizens reportedly have the strongest confidence in US President Donald Trump in the world, a new survey by the Pew Research Centre has found.

While the report showed America’s “brand” has been tarnished by the Trump presidency, 69 percent of the Philippines and 58 percent of people in Vietnam reported that they have confidence in the US leader to “do the right thing regarding world affairs.”

Israel, Nigeria and Russia also exhibited high levels of confidence in Trump. Of the 37 countries surveyed by Pew in 2017, a median of only 22 percent report having “at least some confidence.” Almost three quarters have “little to no confidence” in the president.


US President Donald Trump welcomes Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) at the White House in Washington, US May 31, 2017. Source: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

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While a recent survey found that America’s image in Southeast Asia had been damaged by Trump’s support for Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, Filipinos demonstrate amongst the highest levels of support for the American leader.

A significant majority (67 percent) of the Philippines said that Trump is “well-qualified to be president”, while 71 percent of people in Vietnam gave him the thumbs up.

By comparison, only 15 percent of Japanese citizens and 22 percent of Indonesians expressed confidence in Trump’s qualifications. Political leaders in Muslim-majority Indonesia have responded with ambivalence to the president’s controversial “Muslim ban.”

A majority of the world saw Trump’s defining characteristics as being arrogant, intolerant and dangerous. A majority of Australians (89 percent), South Koreans (85 percent), Japanese (80 percent), Indonesians (70 percent) see the president as arrogant.

Just under half of Filipinos thought the same.


Confidence in US President has declined under Donald Trump compared with Barack Obama. Source: Pew Research Centre

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More than half (54 percent) of Vietnam and the Philippines said that Trump was “caring about ordinary people,” while less than one in five Indonesians or Koreans said the same.

Rating Trump’s charisma, 68 percent of people in Vietnam gave the president good marks, compared with 62 percent in South Korea and 54 percent in Japan.

Only 22 percent of Indians, meanwhile, thought of Trump as charismatic.