|PUTIN LEADS GLOBALLY OVER TRUMP AS A CHOICE FOR COUNTRY LEADER, NEW CONSTELLATIONS OF NATIONS ARE EMERGING
Choosing between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump over one quarter (29%) of the respondents globally declare to prefer as head of state of their own country the Russian leader. Donald Trump is preferred as country leader by 17%.
Majorities in almost all of world macro-regions declare to prefer a joint leadership of USA and Russia, except USA itself where 40% of respondents believe their country should continue as global leader alone.
The two options of global leadership split the public opinion in almost equal proportions in West Asia – in Republic of Korea, in Japan, in Hong Kong, in Philippines, in Thailand and in Vietnam.
Generally, the dominant position of USA as world global leader no longer seems to look unquestionable.
|ECONOMICALLY MORE DIFFICULT YEAR TO COME
Economic Pessimism Won at Last
Economic optimism has declined over the last months. The study shows that 28% of the world is now optimistic for the economic outlook in 2018, but the economic pessimism is 2 points higher. Net optimism (the shares of those saying the next year will be one of economic prosperity minus the shares of those who say the next year will be one of economic difficulties) has shown a downward trend from +23 at the end of 2015 and +20 at the end of 2016 to -2 at the end of 2017.
|TWO GLOBAL LEADERS WITH VERY DIFFERENT GLOBAL PERCEPTIONS
A significant increase in favourability towards President Putin and a US President who compares significantly less favourably with his predecessor. But both politicians trail the Pope.
Two years ago, just before he left office almost three in five (59%) of those polled throughout 65 countries around the world held a favourable view of US President Barack Obama. This year and having been in office for just over a year, President Trump does not poll so favourably – 31% holding a favourable view of him, 58% an unfavourable view. (He is the only political leader where a majority hold an unfavourable view of him). Meanwhile President Putin has gone from one in three (33%) viewing him favourably to 43%, a significant increase over two years. President Putin polls favourably in most regions of the world except the US (14%) and EU-Europe (28%), but still higher than the 20% favourability for President Trump).