Apparently, the greatest threat to peace in the world is not Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, or even Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to a recent YouGov survey in Germany, Donald Trump is the world’s most dangerous leader, as reported by DW, the English-language news service of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
In fact, in the poll of 2,024 Germans who were asked to choose from a list that also included Kim, Putin, Khamenei, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, more than twice as many said that they considered the U.S. president the world’s greatest threat to peace than those who mentioned second-placer Kim, according to the DW report.
Trump was named “most dangerous” by 41 percent of the German public, according to the poll, compared to just 17 percent for Kim.
Following his impeachment last week, Trump remains unpopular at home, as well. As his approval rating remains mired in a record slump — lower than any president since 1945 when the first approval polls were conducted — approximately half of all Americans want to see him removed from office via the impeachment proceeding, polls show.
In the German YouGov poll, Putin and Khamenei were rated “most dangerous” by 8 percent each, while China’s Xi is seen by only 7 percent of Germans as the planet’s greatest threat to global peace.
A similar survey conducted by YouGov in 2018 also showed that Germans saw the U.S. president as the world’s most dangerous leader, though the previous poll asked respondents to choose only among Trump, Kim, and Putin, but not Xi and Khamenei.
In that poll, 48 percent rated Trump the world’s worst threat to peace. Last year’s poll also asked Germans if they considered Trump or Putin “more powerful.” In that survey, the U.S. president came in a distant second, with 44 percent believing the Russian president had more power than his American equivalent and only 29 percent seeing the situation the other way around, according to DW.
Putin was also rated “more competent” than Trump by 56 percent of Germans in 2018, with only 5 percent believing that Trump was a more competent leader than his Russian counterpart.
A separate poll, by the Kantar Institute and also reported by DW, also revealed the low esteem in which Germans hold Trump. In that poll, he was rated the “least trustworthy” world leader, with 89 percent saying that they had “very little trust” in the U.S. president. He notably edged out Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who earned “very little” trust from 86 percent of the German public.