Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-01-30 17:32:55 UTC
President Trump routinely takes grief from the pundits for his underwater
approval ratings but compared with some of his embattled European
counterparts, facing civil unrest in the streets and internal government
tensions, the U.S. president is riding high.
While Trumps approval ratings have hovered well below 50 percent ever
since he took office, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime
Minister Theresa May are nowhere close to that right now.
Macrons political troubles were dramatically exposed over the last two
weeks, as rioters burned cars and looted stores in response to his push
for gas taxes to fight climate change.
On Tuesday, the widespread violence prompted Macron to delay the fuel tax
by at least six months.
Amid the chaos, Macron's approval rating in France is just 23 percent,
according to the latest poll from international polling company Ifop, as
many on both the left and right see him as out-of-touch. That compares
with a 47 percent approval rating for Trump in the most recent Fox News
Macron once had a friendly relationship with Trump, but that relationship
soured after the U.S. president spurned Macron's advice on climate change
and relations with Iran. Macron then publicly jabbed at Trump attacking
the notion of nationalism after Trump embraced the term, as well as
calling for the formation of a European army to protect Europe against
China, Russia, and even the United States.
Trump responded by swiping at Macron's approval ratings.
"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in
France... he was just trying to get to another subject," Trump tweeted
Amid the current Paris unrest, Trump has shown little hesitation about
drawing attention to Macron's troubles. On Tuesday, he retweeted
conservative activist Charlie Kirk saying, America is booming, Europe is
burning, before panning the tax increases as a product of the "fatally
flawed" Paris climate accord.
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Meanwhile, the United Kingdom's May fares little better than Macron. The
latest Ipsos Mori poll puts her approval rating at 29 percent, as she
tries to sell Britons on a deal to split from the European Union that many
view as poorly negotiated.
May also has frosty relations with Trump, who recently critiqued the prime
ministers Brexit proposal, saying it "sounds like a great deal for the
But some political experts note that Trumps ratings are still quite low
by American standards.
Trump popular support is lowest of contemporary U.S. presidents at this
stage and he hasnt been able to break 50 percent in [his] entire
presidency. So thats the most relevant comparison, Ian Bremmer, head of
the Eurasia Group, which provides consulting services about international
political risks, told Fox News.
The website FiveThirtyEight, which tracks approval ratings over time,
shows that at the same point in their presidencies, Ronald Reagan had an
approval rating less than a percentage point higher than Trump, while Bill
Clinton beat Trumps rating by 1.2 points, and Barack Obama beat Trumps
by 3.7 points. Both President Bushes, however, were very popular at the
same point in their presidencies.
Bremmer said an international comparison is also valid.
Its important to recognize that a lot of international leaders are
faring much worse [than Trump]. And Macron is a great example. Huge
expectations, and [he] has dashed them at most every turn, he said.
Not all major European leaders are struggling like Macron, but few are
doing much better than Trump. Spains left-wing prime minister has a 44
percent approval rating, while Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel polls
slightly better than Trump. The latest poll by major German pollster
Infratest Dimap shows her with 50 percent approval.
Merkels rating is down from around 70 percent approval before the migrant
crisis, in which Merkel made the decision to allow more than a million
people from the Middle East and Africa into Germany. Trump has criticized
Merkel for that decision.
Despite Merkel's above-water approval rating, her party has been hurt in
recent election results, and she recently announced she would not run for
an additional term as chancellor.
In Italy, a different story has unfolded. There, populist Prime Minister
Giuseppe Conte has a 66 percent approval rating according to Ipsos the
highest of any starting Italian leader in more than a decade. Contes
government has overseen strict new measures against migrants crossing into
the Mediterranean, including banning nonprofit ships that were picking up
migrants on rafts near the African country of Libya and then dropping them
off safely in Italy.
Contes government has been likened to Trumps. A Daily Beast headline
read: Italys New Government Goes Full Trump.
In the U.S., Trump has faced a stormy political environment saturated with
negative media coverage Trump often cites a Media Research Center
finding that more than 90 percent of broadcast TV coverage of him is
negative. Trumps disapproval ratings remain higher than his positives.
Trump has a strong hold on his base and is keeping it. But America, like
most of the advanced industrial economies, is much more divided than its
been in decades, Bremmer said.
Maxim Lott is Executive Producer of Stossel TV and creator of
ElectionBettingOdds.com. He can be reached on Twitter at @MaximLott
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