Global disapproval of President Obama and U.S. leadership is at its highest ever driven by Russia's nearly invisible 1 percent approval rating, according to a new world survey.
Around the world, disapproval in U.S. leadership has reached 28 percent, up from 21 percent in 2009, according to Gallup's "Rating World Leaders: 2016" report.
Despite the growth in disapproval, however, U.S. leadership is still tops in the world survey at 45 percent.
America's leaders have more approval overseas than here at home, Gallup added. "When asked separately to rate their own country's leadership in 2015, 38 percent of Americans said they approve and 61 percent said they disapprove," said the report.
Russia's 1 percent approval was the worst ever recorded by Gallup and comes at a time of tense relations and a fight over Russia in the U.S. presidential race with Donald Trump calling for better relations.
"Just 1 percent of Russians approved of U.S. leadership in 2015 — the worst rating in the world last year and the lowest approval Gallup has measured for the U.S. in the past decade. Remarkably, this is even worse than their previous record-low 4 percent approval in 2014," said Gallup.
"Should the U.S. even care about how the world feels about its leadership? The short answer is yes," said Gallup.
Germany ranked second followed by the European Union, China and Russia.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org