U.S. President Donald Trump is the least trusted major world leader in Turkey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as the most trustworthy, U.S.-based pollster Pew Research said.
Only some 11 percent of those surveyed in Turkey expressed confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs, while Putin is the most trusted leader with 35 percent, the survey said.
Putin was followed by China’s Xi Jinping, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, it said.
Turks gave the United States its lowest rating on the survey in the Middle East and North Africa, an era where attitudes toward the country were already more negative compared to the rest of the world.
Just one-in-five people surveyed in Turkey had a favourable opinion of the United States, Pew said, the lowest percentage registered in the poll.
Anti-U.S. sentiment has risen in Turkey after a failed coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on a U.S.-based Turkish preacher and the U.S. imposition of sanctions in 2018.