Global Popularity (or Not)

ca-2016-8-15-global-popularityNo doubt you’ve seen so many polls, telling you how many people support which political candidate, that you’re feeling a bit numb.  But what do the citizens of other countries think about our country’s Presidential candidates, our current President and other leaders around the world?

The results might surprise you.  The accompanying chart, with data from the Pew Research Center, shows approval ratings (defined as “confidence in political leaders to handle their international role”) for U.S. President Barak Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping (only asked in Australia, Japan and India), and the U.S. Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates.

Of the six, the most popular is Obama.  Over 50% of citizens in most countries polled are confident in his ability to handle world affairs, and that figure is above 80% in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.  In terms of global popularity, he is followed closely by Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  More than 50% in 10 of the 15 countries polled are confident in her ability to handle foreign policy, which suggests that she would clearly win the upcoming U.S. Presidential election if the rules were amended to allow European and Asia/Pacific citizens to vote.

The most surprising part of the chart is the degree of Republican candidate Donald Trump’s unpopularity abroad.  In most countries, Trump’s approval rating lower than the low scores that Putin was able to gather, and Putin’s global affairs confidence numbers were, not surprisingly, extremely low to start with.

What do the globally unpopular leaders and candidate have in common?  They all have either pledged or acted to aggressively put the interests of their own countries first when conducting their nation’s foreign policy—which seems not to be a great selling point to the citizens of other countries.


About Objectively Speaking

Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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