Germany's Merkel More Trusted by Americans Than Trump, New Pew Survey Shows

The Pew Research survey tested confidence levels in four world leaders, including Trump, Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin

File photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel with President Donald Trump during a family photo with G7 leaders in Taormina, Italy on May 26, 2017.
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A Pew Research survey published Wednesday shows that a majority of Americans have more confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than U.S. President Donald Trump.

Fourty-six percent of Americans said they have confidence in Trump, while 56 percent said they have confidence in Merkel. Party affiliation greatly affected the results, with 89 percent of Republicans saying they have more faith in Trump, while 64 percent prefer Merkel.

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The Center's 2017 survey asked about confidence in two other major world leaders: President Xi Jinping of China and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel topped them all with a 42 percent confidence rating. Jinping in second place trailed far behind with 28 percent, followed by Putin at 27 percent. Trump, perhaps predictably given his stances on climate change, trade and immigration, came in last at 22 percent.

A global median of 74 percent of respondents expressed no confidence in the U.S. President. Confidence in Merkel dips only in Turkey (14 percent) and Greece (16 percent) where tensions with Germany are on the rise over economic and refugee issues.

Merkel and Trump had an "extensive discussion" over the phone on Monday, according to The Hill, in which they "addressed climate issues, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative and trade, including global steel overcapacity."