Opinions on U.S. President Donald Trump in the Netherlands 2017

According to a 2017 survey, U.S. President Donald Trump was not particularly well-liked among the Dutch. Nine out of ten respondents to a 2017 survey stated to consider Trump arrogant. Moreover, nearly 80 percent of respondents thought him intolerant, and just under 70 percent said Trump was dangerous. Trust in his capacities was low accordingly: another survey the same year found that just four percent of respondents had some sort of trust in the president.

 Comparison to President Obama 

  President Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, was a much-liked figure in the Netherlands. In 2016, over 90 percent of respondents stated to have confidence in the U.S. President, which at that point was Barack Obama. When that same survey was repeated a year later, confidence levels in the U.S. president had dropped to less than 20 percent – coinciding with the take-over of President Trump.

Approval of President Trump’s policies low

  None of President Trump’s actions can count on popular approval in the Netherlands. A 2018 survey asked how Dutch respondents judged some of his policies. His North Korean policy was viewed most favorably, but even in this case less than one third of the respondents stated approval. His dealings with Iran and Russia were approved by just 18 and 14 percent of the survey respondents respectively.

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Release date

July 2017


Europe, Netherlands

Survey time period

March 6, 2017 to April 7, 2017

Number of respondents

1,006 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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