What do everyday people around the world think of the U.S. presidential election and the Democratic and Republican front-runners? We wanted to know, so seven reporters in Washington Post foreign bureaus asked a random selection of people on the street what they thought of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We also wanted to know what they hoped would change between the United States and their countries after the election.
Obviously, the videos should not be considered a formal survey. The sample sizes are small, but we received varied viewpoints and a few surprises.
The cities we chose were London, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Beijing, Mexico City, Cairo and New Delhi. The Post has reporters in nine more foreign cities, so we could be adding to this list in the future.
There’s no love lost between Britain and Trump. His golf resort in Scotland has been at the center of controversy for years. And a petition calling for Trump to be barred from entering Britain over hate speech has 586,935 signatures at the time of this writing.
Trump claims that he has many supporters in the United Kingdom, but they weren’t on London’s South Bank when The Post’s Karla Adam visited.
There were some concerns among our Tokyo subjects about a Clinton dynasty. One man likened Hillary Clinton to an empress, but people were also wary of Trump’s rhetoric.
One man felt it was time for Japan to free itself from what he called U.S. “dependency.”
Yuki Oda went to Tokyo’s Shiba Park to find a few people to talk about the candidates.
The Post’s Ruth Eglash went to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market and found that Israelis are more concerned about U.S.-Israel ties than about any particular candidate. The people she interviewed wanted the next president to support their country, regardless of who it is. One woman said she hoped the next leader would do a better job than President Obama at achieving what she called “quiet” in the region.
Trump has routinely touted deals he’s made with China, but he’s also accused the country of unfair trade policies toward the United States. The people interviewed by The Post’s Xu Yangjingjing were our most succinct group, and they made no mention of Trump’s trade rhetoric. They were just as brief when it came to Clinton, who visited China seven times as secretary of state.
Trump famously, or notoriously, kicked off his campaign for president by describing Mexicans who illegally cross the border into the United States as “rapists" and criminals. You can guess the response to Trump in Mexico City’s Coyoacan Plaza when The Post’s Joshua Partlow asked for reactions to his campaign.
In the city’s Zamalek district, The Post’s Heba Habib found people resigned to the idea that the next U.S. president, whether Trump or Clinton, would have little to no affect on U.S. policy toward Egypt and the Middle East. One woman suggested that U.S. foreign policy has nothing to do with the country’s chief executive.
Pakistan was on the mind of at least one man when The Post’s Rama Lakshmi found people at Delhi Airport to talk U.S. politics. And we came across the only reference to Trump’s former days as a star of reality TV.