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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll Says Trust in Putin is Dropping Globally

WASHINGTON -- Although President Vladimir Putin is popular at home, his worldwide image has declined, a survey released in Wednesday said.

Only in China, Ukraine and a handful of African nations do most people express trust in Putin's foreign policy, according to an international survey by the U.S. nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

But in a measure of how unpopular U.S. President George W. Bush has become, the poll showed that his foreign policy is less trusted than Putin's by U.S. allies Britain, Germany and Canada.

"Even though there is a mixed view of the United States around the world, there is increasing disapproval of the principal cornerstones of [U.S.] foreign policy," Pew chief Andrew Kohut said.

About half in the United States say they have little or no trust in either Bush's or Putin's conduct of foreign affairs.

Overall views of Russia are mixed, with slightly favorable opinions in the United States, China, India and South Korea. Majorities in most European countries expressed concerns about reliance on Russian energy, following last year's Russian cutoff of natural gas to Ukraine during a clash over prices.

The poll, conducted in April and May, covered 46 nations plus the Palestinian territories.

Bush's unpopularity partly reflects widespread opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. Of the countries surveyed, more people favored the removal of U.S. forces from Iraq in all but Israel, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The United States is still seen favorably in most countries surveyed, including India, Japan, Italy, Israel and many countries in Africa.