'India only nation where majority think US gained power in last 10 years'

'India only nation where majority think US gained power in last 10 years'

'India only nation where majority think US gained power in last 10 years'
India is the only nation where a majority of people think US is more powerful today than it was a decade ago, according to a new multi-nation survey which also found that Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy if he were to become President was "strongly negative."

The survey released today by the Pew Research Center said that overall there's no strong consensus about the trajectory of American power over the past decade. But when asked if the US plays a less, more or equally important and powerful role as a world leader compared with 10 years ago, respondents in most countries were fairly divided.

"Japan is the only country in which a majority thinks the US is less important and powerful than it was a decade ago, while India (57 pc) is the only nation with a majority saying the US is more important and powerful (than it did a decade ago)," Pew said.

The survey also said in the nearly half of the 15 nations polled, the share of public confidence in Trump was in single digits.

Pew said less than a quarter of people surveyed expressed confidence in Trump - the presumptive Republican nominee. The views of respondents on him were strongly negative, it said.

Overwhelming majorities in most of the countries surveyed have little or no confidence in his ability to handle international affairs. This distaste was especially strong in Sweden, where 82 per cent have no confidence in him, Pew said. Most Australians (87 pc), Canadians (80 pc) and Japanese (82 pc) also lack confidence in Trump.

In India, 67 per cent do not offer an opinion on Trump, while 18 per cent Indians have no confidence in him as against 14 per cent having confidence in him.

In China, there was a split between those who have no confidence in Trump (40 pc) and those who do not offer an opinion (39 pc), it said.

It said most Australians and Japanese gave Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a positive rating.

According to the poll, only 28 per cent of Indians showed confidence in Clinton's ability to manage world affairs. 16 per cent said they have no confidence in her. Surprisingly, a majority (56 pc) in India has no opinion of her.

Clinton got positive marks from Canadians (60 pc), Australians (70 pc), and from the Japanese (70 pc).

Views on her among the Chinese were mixed, with 37 per cent saying they have confidence in her, 35 per cent saying they do not have confidence and 28 per cent with no opinion.

Still, ratings for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee were consistently lower than President Barack Obama's, it said.

In the four Asia-Pacific nations surveyed – Australia, China, India and Japan – Obama receives relatively positive marks. Obama enjoys high ratings from Canadians (83 pc) and Australians (84 pc).

Obama is viewed positively by majorities in Japan (78 pc) and India (58 pc). In China, 52 per cent have confidence in his abilities to handle international affairs.

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