KEY POINTS

  • A survey by YouGov shows 41% of Germans believe Donald Trump is the biggest threat to world peace
  • Germany and the U.S. have had a rocky relationship under Trump
  • Germans also have concerns about other world leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran leader Ayatollah Khamenei

A new survey by YouGov shows that 41% of Germans believe that President Donald Trump is the greatest threat to world peace, a number higher than Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. 

Kim was at 17%, putting him at second place, with Putin and Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei at 8%. Chinese President Xi Jinping came in last at 7%. The survey was commissioned by German news agency DPA, with 2,000 Germans taking part in the poll. 

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have had a rocky relationship, with Trump criticizing Germany for taking thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Trump has also slammed the German auto industry, threatening to impose tariffs on German cars. In turn, Merkel has expressed “solidarity” with four Democratic congresswomen who have been the target of racist attacks by Trump. 

A poll earlier this year found that 48% of Germans believe Trump is the most dangerous to world peace, but this survey did not include the leaders of China or Iran. 

But many Germans are also wary of Putin. Under Putin, Russia has annexed Crimea, threatening other European nations. Putin and Merkel have also had a complicated relationship, with Putin bringing his dog Konni to a meeting with Merkel in 2007. Merkel is deathly afraid of dogs and Putin later apologized for the faux pas. 

Germans are increasingly concerned about Khamenei, with the German government blaming Tehran for the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities earlier this year. At the same time, Germany has frequently defended the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. pulled out of under Trump.