Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, and matching former President Obama’s first year (2009).

By the numbers: The transition from Trump to Biden significantly improved the approval rating of U.S. leadership in 36 of the 46 countries and territories surveyed by Gallup through the first half of the year.

The big picture: Trump exited the White House with an extremely low international approval rating despite some foreign policy successes, such as the Abraham Accords.

  • However, four years of controversial decisions — like leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, the United Nations Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization — likely overshadowed the Trump administration’s foreign policy successes.