Trump’s (Lack of) Popularity in Latin America
The image of U.S. leadership took a hit worldwide during Donald Trump’s first year in office, but nowhere more so than in Latin America, where the median approval rating dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% in 2017. As low as the approval rating was for the U.S. leadership in general, fewer in the region, 16%, approved of Trump’s job performance when asked about it specifically. Sixty-three percent in the region disapproved.
The piece has a country-by-country breakdown. Some telling numbers include Mexico, where Trump’s approval is at 7% (and has dropped -55 points from Obama’s 2009 number).
Colombia, which has long been one of the US’s staunchest allies in the region, is at 20% approval, and has dropped 48 points. Another huge drop: Chilean approval fell 61 points.
Mexico, Colombia, and Chile are all major US trading partners.
The biggest drop was -67 points (a tied with El Salvador and Costa Rica).
Amusingly enough, Trump’s highest approval in the region is in Venezuela, with 37%.