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Europeans have unfavourable view of Theresa May, poll finds

The most unpopular international leader is US President Donald Trump.

Theresa May is viewed unfavourably by voters across Europe, according to a multi-country study.

The YouGov survey of 8,255 adults in Britain, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway found that in every country more had negative views of the Prime Minister than positive.

Mrs May’s worst results were in Germany, where 62% of those surveyed said they were somewhat or very unfavourable to her and just 17% favourable. She was viewed unfavourably by 49% in France, 44% in Denmark, 42% in Norway and 40% in Sweden and Finland – as well as 59% in the UK.

But the most unpopular international leader was US President Donald Trump, whose approval ratings ranged from 8% in Denmark to 14% in Britain and Sweden. The US president was viewed unfavourably by 88% of Danes, 84% of Finns and 82% of Germans and Norwegians.

Mrs May was more popular in Denmark than in the UK, garnering 34% favourable ratings from Danes compared to just 32% in Britain.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval ratings were far higher than Mrs May’s, ranging from 39% positive in the UK to 65% in Germany.

When asked about the economy, Britons were the least optimistic in predicting changes over the next 12 months, with just 11% saying they thought their country’s economy would improve, compared to 35% of Finns and 27% of Danes.

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A 54% majority of the 1,661 adults questioned in the UK said they thought the national economy would worsen in the next year, with 20% saying it would get a lot worse.

Some 46% of Britons said they would now vote to remain in the European Union, against 42% who want to leave.

:: YouGov questioned 1,661 adults in Britain, 2,070 in Germany, 1,013 in France, 1,011 in Denmark, 1,009 in Sweden, 948 in Finland and 543 in Norway between June 23 and 30 2017, in the run-up to this week’s summit of the G20 group of leading international powers in Hamburg.

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