Angela Merkel scores higher in approval ratings than any current world leader | Angela Merkel

Nearly 16 years after she first became German chancellor, Angela Merkel A new poll shows that approval ratings in five major European countries and the United States are still higher than any other current world leader.

YouGov request Whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Merkel, who will step down next month after four terms in office, more respondents judged positive than negative in all six countries surveyed.

The veteran chancellor, who since her election in 2005 has worked with four US and French presidents, five British prime ministers and eight Italian prime ministers, has posted net positive ratings of +61 in Spain, +49 in France and +30 in Germany.

Opinions in Italy, the US and the UK were somewhat less positive at +23, +17 and +15, but for other world leaders, only Joe Biden – just eight months into his presidency and still benefiting from the “not Trump” influence, with action suffrage Before this month’s chaotic events in Afghanistan – It was close even from a distance.

Canadian Justin Trudeau scored positively, while Frenchman Emmanuel Macron received a positive evaluation in only two countries: Germany and Spain. Other key figures, including China’s Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi and Britain’s Boris Johnson, scored net negative ratings in all six countries surveyed.

The British Prime Minister scored net negative ratings of -22 in Britain, -40 in Italy, -53 in Germany, -24 in France, -48 in Spain and -2 in the United States. The least popular global leader was Xi, with an average net negative approval rating of -55.

Table of approval rates for different leaders in different countries

Described as the most powerful woman in the world and the de facto leader of the European Union, Merkel was calculated, cautious, methodical, pragmatic and often non-committal – and she was highly regarded in her handling of the German economy.

Among people who have heard of her, the survey showed a net positive rating of +46 across the six countries for Merkel’s economic management, along with average positive ratings of +44.5 for Germany’s reputation abroad and +34 for its impact on German society.

Her work on climate change and responding to the coronavirus crisis has also received positive reviews, but her efforts to deal with Brexit were viewed less favorably, particularly in the UK, and her handling of the Greek debt crisis and the 2015 migration crisis in Europe was rated negatively. In most cases. Countries.

On the eve of her departure and with Germany’s post-Merkel future increasingly uncertain, most respondents who knew who Merkel was in Germany, France, Spain and Italy ranked her among the five most powerful global figures, compared to about a third of Britons (31%) and Americans (36%).

The survey was conducted between July 9 and August 10 with representative national samples of more than 1,000 people.

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