President Donald Trump has shaken global faith in US leadership, an international survey found, as confidence in him lags behind other major world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. The Pew Research Center found 70% of people surveyed across 25 countries this year said they lacked confidence in Trump, compared with 27% who said they trusted the American president’s handling of international affairs. The poll of more than 26,000 people found that opinions of Trump continued to fall among some of America’s closest allies and neighbours, with only 9% of French citizens and 6% of Mexicans expressing favourable views of him.

Still, respondents in almost every country said it would be better for the US to remain as the top global power, rather than China, which is seen as a rising power. That included large majorities among China’s neighbours such as Japan (81%) and the Philippines (77%). The only places where pluralities favoured Chinese leadership we...

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