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GALLUP INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL POLL ON GLOBAL LEADERS

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Two Global Leaders with Very Different Global Perceptions:
New research from Gallup International Association (GIA) shows a significant increase in favourability towards President Putin and a US President who compares significantly less favourably with his predecessor. But both politicians trail the Pope.

Two years ago, just before he left office almost three in five (59%) of those polled through-out 65 countries around the world held a favourable view of US President Barack Obama. This year and having been in office for just over a year, President Trump does not poll so favourably – 30% holding a favourable view of him, 56% an unfavourable view. (He is the only political leader where a majority hold an unfavourable view of him). Meanwhile President Putin has gone from one in three (33%) viewing him favourably to 42%, a significant increase over two years. President Putin polls favourably in most regions of the world except the US (14%) and EU-Europe (28%), but still higher than the 20% favourability for President Trump). In EU Eastern Europe is significantly less critical towards the Russian President and Western Europe is significantly more critical towards the US President.

However it is Pope Francis who records the highest level of favourability – 53%, rising to 75% of those surveyed in Latin America and 66% of those living in EU-Europe.
Despite a domestic political set-back German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranks as the most popular leader polled; 48% hold a favourable view of her, up from 42% two years ago. She just beats the new comer President Macron, who 44% hold a favourable view towards (compared with 42% who scored his predecessor President Hollande favourably).
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