Virtually 16 years after she first turned Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel’s approval scores in 5 main European international locations and the USA stay greater than these of every other present world chief, a brand new ballot reveals.
Requested by YouGov whether or not they had a beneficial or unfavourable opinion of Merkel, who steps down subsequent month after 4 phrases in workplace, extra respondents delivered a constructive verdict than a damaging one in every of six international locations surveyed.
The veteran chancellor, who since her election in 2005 has labored with 4 US and French presidents, 5 British prime ministers and eight Italian heads of presidency, scored web constructive scores of +61 in Spain, +49 in France and +30 in Germany.
Opinions in Italy, the US and UK have been barely much less constructive at +23, +17 and +15, however of different world leaders, solely Joe Biden – simply eight months into his presidency and nonetheless benefiting from a “not Trump” impact, with polling carried out earlier than this month’s chaotic occasions in Afghanistan – was even remotely shut.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau additionally scored positively, whereas France’s Emmanuel Macron was rated positively in solely two international locations: Germany and Spain. Different main figures, together with China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi of India and Britain’s Boris Johnson, recorded web damaging scores in all six international locations surveyed.
The UK prime minister scored web damaging scores of -22 in Britain, -40 in Italy, -53 in Germany, -24 in France, -48 in Spain and -2 within the US. The least standard world chief was Xi, with a mean web damaging approval score of -55.
Variously described because the world’s strongest lady and de facto chief of the EU, Merkel – measured, cautious, methodical, pragmatic, continuously noncommittal – was most appreciated for her dealing with of Germany’s economic system.
Amongst individuals who had heard of her, the ballot confirmed a web constructive score of +46 throughout the six international locations for Merkel’s financial administration, together with common constructive scores of +44.5 for enhancing Germany’s fame overseas and +34 for her affect on German society.
Her motion on local weather change and response to the coronavirus disaster additionally acquired beneficial opinions, however her efforts in coping with Brexit have been seen much less positively, significantly within the UK and her dealing with of the Greek debt disaster and Europe’s 2015 migration disaster was rated negatively in most international locations.
On the eve of her departure and with Germany’s post-Merkel future wanting more and more unsure, most respondents who knew who Merkel was in Germany, France, Spain and Italy ranked her among the many 5 strongest international figures, in comparison with a few third of Britons (31%) and Individuals (36%).
The survey was carried out between 9 July and 10 August with consultant nationwide samples of greater than 1,000 folks.