Germans' Trust in United States Falls to Russia's Level

Demonstrators against Donald Trump's travel ban in Brooklyn, New York. Source: REUTERS

Only 22 percent of Germans consider the United States to be a partner their country can trust, according to the most recent DeutschlandTrend survey, conducted by pollster Infratest dimap for ARD public television.

This constitutes a drop of 37 percentage points compared to the survey conducted just before the U.S. presidential election – and a record low in the history of the survey.

The U.S. currently enjoy a similarly low level of trust among the German population as Russia, which has a score of 21 percent. Some 70 percent of the respondents consider the U.S. to be a partner that can not be trusted.

Mr. Trump’s first official actions as president did not go down well with Germans either: only 26 of respondents said they think it’s good that he is fulfilling his campaign promises. 69 percent disagree.

Two-thirds of those surveyed are worried Mr. Trump’s policies will weaken the German economy. 80 percent of the 1,006 respondents believe the E.U. must come closer together while faced with Mr. Trump.

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