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The world has more confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, says a poll carried out by the US-based Pew Research Center among 40,000 respondents in 37 countries on all five continents.

Twenty-two percent reported they had faith in Trump to guide America's role in the world, compared with a 64 percent level of confidence in Barack Obama in the final years of his presidency, Pew Research said.

The countries with the lowest confidence in Mr Trump were Mexico, at 5 per cent and Spain at 7 per cent.

Germany has seen a dramatic drop from 86 per cent favourable under Obama to 11 per cent for Trump. A majority of Israelis disagree with Obama's controversial Iranian nuclear deal.

The ratings of the USA president fell in every country surveyed (including America's allies in Europe and Asia) apart from Russian Federation and Israel.

Just 30 per cent of Mexicans now say they have a favourable view of the United States, down from 66 per cent at the end of the Obama era.

22 percent of the people surveyed are confident that Trump will do the right thing in global affairs, down from 64 percent from those who had confidence in the Obama adminstration. On a more positive note, 55 per cent perceived him as a strong leader. Just seven percent of Spaniards have confidence in Trump to do the right thing compared to 75 percent who thought the same about Obama.

Most of those surveyed also disapprove of Trump's major policies, including his promise to erect a physical wall along the border between the USA and Mexico, and temporarily halting travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

Unsurprisingly, the survey found that the current occupant of the White House is much less popular than his predecessor among Europeans.

Positive views of the American people and American pop culture are especially common in Asia and Europe, but less common in the Middle East. Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon are the only nations polled where majorities express an unfavorable opinion of Americans.

Pew said the overall view of the US, which Pew has followed since 2002, tends to track approval for the president, even if USA culture and Americans as people tend to win higher ratings than their leaders.

"The drop in favourability ratings for the United States is widespread", the Pew report said.

Trump finished bottom of the pile with a global median of 22% having confidence in him and 74% not having confidence.

A Greenpeace banner showing U.S. President Donald Trump and the slogan '#TotalLoser, so sad!' is projected onto the facade of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. The U.S.is also seen more favourably by Canadian men (52 per cent) than women (35 per cent). Xi and Putin also received mostly negative responses, with 53 and 59 percent respectively.

In contrast, however, 42 per cent express confidence in the long-serving German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while just 31 per cent lack confidence in her.