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.