in the overall country rankings. The rankings, a characterization of 80
countries based on a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens, ask
respondents to answer how closely they related each of the countries to a
series of terms. Respondents were given no further specifications of
the term "trustworthy," so interpretation of the word was left to them.
its highest point, the U.S. reached No. 17 in the trustworthiness
ranking in 2016 — though the Best Countries rankings only took 60
countries into account at that time. In subsequent years, the nation
lost ground, ranking No. 23 in 2017, No. 25 in 2018 and landing at No.
27 this year. The shift is the latest in global findings that suggest a diminishing standing for the U.S. among the world's top nations.
found more than 70 percent of survey respondents lost respect for U.S.
leadership as a result of the toxic nature of the 2016 presidential
election, while a more recent Pew Research Center study from October
showed people still have less confidence in Trump than four other world
leaders. And although members of the Trump administration have stressed America is globally respected , additional analyses have suggested international confidence in Trump is low.
weakened sense of trustworthiness was not cast over all of North
America, however, with Canada taking the top spot for trustworthiness in
the 2019 ranking. America's neighbor to the north was followed by
Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway in the top five. At the
bottom of the ranking, Ukraine landed No. 80 in trustworthiness, joined
by Nigeria, Myanmar, Iraq and Lebanon in the bottom five.
Best Countries Overall Rank