Global approval of U.S. leadership has been on the decline since Donald Trump became president, but now, according to a recent Gallup poll, the United States has dropped even below China in global standings.
According to Business Insider, Gallup reported this month that “the median approval of China's leadership across 134 countries was 34%, rising from 31% in the past two years” — and the U.S. has fallen to 31 percent.
"Approval of US leadership plummeted around the globe during President Donald Trump's first year in office and has yet to recover," Gallup said. "China's advantage over the US in terms of leadership approval has widened."
As it stands now, the global approval of U.S. leadership is the lowest it has been under the last three presidents.
Also noted in the poll report is Russia’s standing, which is up to 30 percent and is "the first time this country has been on equal footing with the US."
"Trump's foreign policy of 'America First' in its second year may have opened the door for China and Russia to flex their global influence," the report said. "It is currently unclear if this firmer footing will continue to give China's leadership a leg up over US leadership.”
"To complement its rise as a great economic power, the Chinese government has sought in recent years to expand its global influence in other spheres," the report noted, pointing to China's "massive investment in its military and large-scale economic projects" with "a diplomatic angle that emphasizes national sovereignty and rejects foreign meddling in the name of human rights or democracy."