In Summary
  • The entrenched relations that the United States has built in Africa since the independence of most African states had been getting deeper over time until the inauguration of President Trump.
  • Among the notable reasons for the global deterioration of the US image are: Trump’s policy stances on retreating from international trade agreements and climate change accords and barring entry into the US for people from certain Muslim-majority nations.
  • A global median of 54 per cent worry that the influx of US customs and ideas into their country is a bad thing.
  • In view of these findings, it can be concluded that China is gaining over the world in a snowballing manner, beginning with Africa. The heavy investments made by China in infrastructure, education, research and culture are critical factors boosting her image, risks notwithstanding.

The entrenched relations that the United States has built in Africa since the independence of most African states had been getting deeper over time until the inauguration of President Trump. It comes out clearly from research (2017) that was done across the world by the Pew Research Centre headlined U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership.

The quantitative result of the research showed that a median of just 22 per cent has confidence in Trump to do the right thing on global affairs, in contrast to 64 per cent as median for Obama’s confidence level to direct global affairs in the right direction. Samples from some of the 37 nations surveyed are as follows (Trump gets higher marks than Obama in only two countries, Russia and Israel):


Among the notable reasons for the global deterioration of the US image are: Trump’s policy stances on retreating from international trade agreements and climate change accords; barring entry into the US for people from certain Muslim-majority nations; backing away from the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran; and Trump’s character, described as arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous.

America’s favourable view is held because US popular culture is seen more positively than the US as a country. Roughly two-thirds of people across the countries surveyed like American music, movies and television. However, a global median of 54 per cent worry that the influx of US customs and ideas into their country is a bad thing. In greater detail, when asked whether American ideas and customs were good or bad in their countries, African countries responses were as follows:


The “America First” policy implies disengagement from global agreements, and so far withdrawals have been from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement (TPP) and the Paris Accord on Climate Change. African countries responded as shown below:

When asked whether relations between their country and the US will improve over the next few years, get worse or stay about the same, the responses were quantified as follows:

In the same report, when Trump, Russian Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Germany’s Angela Merkel are sampled across the 37 nations surveyed the results are as follows:

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