It’s not likely that the US can stand up against an enemy with a deeply divided electorate.
When people worldwide were asked if they trust their governments and other institutions, there was a considerable difference between democracies and other regimes. In most democracies, trust fell from the last study. Totalitarian regimes did surprisingly well. The United States ranks well down the list of nations, at 43%. Compared to the previous year, the U.S. Trust Index fell by 5 points, and compared to 2017, it fell by 10 points. Germany posted the largest decline at 7 points, from 53% to 46%. Trust in Australia declined by 6 points to 53%.
The Edelman list of trust in government and other institutions in each country was topped by China, which at 83% was up 11 points. It was followed by the United Arab Emirates at 76%, up 9 points. Among the reasons China did so well were high trust levels in business (84%), NGOs (77%), government (91%), and media (81%). China bested the U.S. in each of these categories by wide margins.
The results of the survey imply that trust in government and media in China is the foundation of its high score. This holds true for the poor figures for the United States.
If the GOP had someone like IKE or the Democrats had someone like Clinton we might again be perceived as a strong nation.