Poll: President Obama is significantly more admired around the world than anyone else

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The world's fascination with Obama. The U.S. President Barack Obama is significantly more admired around the world than anyone else.

While Obama’s popularity at home has struggled in recent years, on the world stage he remains the most popular leader. He is significantly more admired around the world than anyone else. According to a poll released by WIN/Gallup International.

The poll asked residents of 65 countries to say whether they had a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of 10 world leaders.

Worldwide, Obama scored the highest with a 59 percent favorable rating, followed by Merkel with 42 percent, British Prime Minister David Cameron with 37 percent, French President Francois Hollande with 35 percent and Russian President Vladimir Putin with 33 percent. Iranian President Hassan Rohani placed last at 19 percent, just behind Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud with 20 percent.


Europe really loves Obama: Netherlands 65 percent, Sweden 75 percent, Finland 72 percent, Belgium 70 percent, Portugal 76percent.

Almost three in five of those polled throughout 65 countries around the world hold a favourable view of outgoing US President Barack Obama. Slightly fewer than one in three view him unfavourably. Despite recently seen taking the fight on with ISIS in Syria, President Putin splits opinion with one in three (33%) viewing him favourably but 43% viewing him unfavourably.


Sample Size and Mode of Field Work:

A total of 63,976 persons were interviewed globally. In each country a representative sample of around
1000 men and women was interviewed either face to face (28 countries; n=30230), via telephone (15
countries; n=11725) or online (22 countries; n=22021). The field work was conducted during September
2015 - December 2015. The margin of error for the survey is between +/- 3-5% at 95% confidence level.

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