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South Korea gives Trump's global confidence levels a boost

New Pew poll still finds little support for US leader despite improvement in Asia

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a rally in South Korea in 2017.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump to "do the right thing" in world affairs has improved in Asia compared with 2017, despite low levels of trust overall, a Pew Research Center survey out Monday shows.

South Korea logged the biggest jump in support in this year's study, with 44% of respondents expressing confidence in Trump -- a big boost from last year's 17%. These gains pushed support for Trump ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose South Korean confidence came to 37% in 2018 and 38% in 2017.

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