Donald Trump’s Favorability Up in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

David Indeje is Khusoko’s Digital Editor, covering East African markets.
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Kenyans opinions of US President Donald Trump are rising according to the latest international survey. The Pew Research Center found out that  compared to its first Global Attitudes survey in 2002, “In sub-Saharan Africa are largely positive, with Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans expressing mostly favorable opinions in this year’s poll.”

The report further states, “In five countries, there has been an increase in positive sentiment toward the U.S., most notably in Kenya (+16 percentage points), Spain (+11), Japan (+10) and Tunisia (+10).”

“Publics in sub-Saharan Africa also tend to see their relationship with the U.S. as improving. More than half in Kenya and 48% in Nigeria say things have gotten better over the past year.”

“In South Africa, favorable opinions of the U.S. are somewhat divided by race. Among white South Africans, 69% have a favorable view of the U.S., but only 56% among the black population and 54% among mixed-race people, also called “coloured” in South Africa, agree.”

Surprisingly, “Only in one country surveyed do women have a more favorable view of the U.S.: Tunisia. There, 42% of women have a favorable opinion of the U.S. compared with 32% of men.”

However, when it comes to  U.S. contributions to the global community, Kenya has a mixed opinion compared to Nigeria. “In sub-Saharan Africa, Kenyans are divided: 42% say the U.S. is doing more, compared with 38% who think it’s doing less. Nearly half of Nigerians (48%) credit the U.S. with doing more, while only 27% say the U.S. is doing less to help address major issues.”

Early 2018,  President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House when they were discussing on immigrants.

In the survey, global confidence on President Donald Trump has dwindled when compared to other major world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.

“Large majorities say the U.S. doesn’t take into account the interests of countries like theirs when making foreign policy decisions,” the Pew report findings reveal. “And there are signs that American soft power is waning as well, including the fact that, while the U.S. maintains its reputation for respecting individual liberty, fewer believe this than a decade ago.”

David Indeje is Khusoko’s Digital Editor, covering East African markets.

In my role as Community Engagement Editor For Khusoko, I care about our audience. engaging them, getting news delivered to them across a variety of platforms, and expanding the diversity of voices on our website.

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