.@ecfr (with YouGov) has done a poll in 11 European countries on their view of the US.
Some results (thread)
54% of Europeans* think that "the world is in a worse place because of Trump's presidency". 18% disagree.

*11 countries polled: Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK.
32% of Europeans among the countries polled say that "after voting for Trump, Americans cannot be trusted". 27% disagree.
Support for this statement is *by far* the highest in Germany, with 53% (!) saying Americans cannot be trusted, and only 15% disagreeing.
Broad agreement among Europeans that who the US president is matters *a lot* - 68% of Europeans think the identity of the US president significantly affects European relationship with the US.
A majority of Europeans believe the US' political system is broken.
Important differences though: a whopping 81% of Brits believe so - but only 28% of Hungarians and 24% of Poles.

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