Obama Most Popular Leader, Modi Seventh Says UK Survey

US President Obama is ranked the world’s most popular leader by a UK poll while PM Modi bags the seventh spot.

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President Obama and PM Modi embrace following a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters. (Photo: AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been voted the seventh most popular leader in the world in a new poll topped by US President Barack Obama.

Modi evoked a favourable view from 24 percent of people polled throughout 65 countries around the world as opposed to 20 percent unfavourable, giving him a score of +4 percent in the WIN/Gallup survey for UK-based research company, ORB International’s ‘International World Leader Index’.

Modi was however beaten by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was named the sixth most popular leader but had a higher unfavourable score than the Indian leader – 30 percent.

Obama grabbed the topmost spot with a score of +30 percent with a whopping 59 percent in his favour and 29 percent unfavourable.

President Obama is significantly more admired around the world than anyone else.
WIN/Gallup survey, ORB International’s ‘International World Leader Index’

Obama is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (+13 percent) with British Prime Minister David Cameron completing the top three with a score of +10 percent.

People in South Asia were the most friendly to the British leader, with 53 percent saying they viewed him favourably and just 12 percent saying they viewed him unfavourably.

The other leaders that made it to the top 10 include French President Francois Hollande (4th), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (5th), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (8th), Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud (9th) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (10th).

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