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US Leadership Rated No. 1 Again in Gallup Publication

By    |   Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:24 PM

Despite anti-Americanism around the planet, when it comes to international approval of leadership, the world's residents think U.S. leaders are the best.

But they're not too crazy about the leaders of Russia.

In the recently released Gallup publication, "Rating World Leaders: What People Worldwide Think of the U.S., China, Russia, the EU and Germany," U.S. leadership came out on top, again, as it has for the past six years, while Russia placed dead last overall in leadership approval.

Based on interviews with 1,000 residents of 136 countries worldwide, the report states, "Russia in 2014 earned the lowest approval ratings globally for the eighth consecutive year and posted the highest disapproval ratings it has received to date.

"U.S. leadership received the highest approval rating in the world, with the median 45 percent approval topping ratings of the leadership of the European Union, Germany, Russia and China, as it has most years since 2009."

However, while Russian leadership approval ratings, ranked lowest for the past six years, dropped another 10 points in 21 countries, nine of which are members of NATO, "Russians and people in many of its former republics, chiefly Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, all felt much more negatively about the leadership of the U.S., the EU and Germany," the Gallup report states.

"Russians' disapproval of the U.S. nearly doubled from 42 percent in 2013 to 82 percent in 2014, and their disapproval of the EU's leadership more than doubled from 26 percent to 70 percent in that same period."

The report notes that disapproval of Russian leadership in the West, and Russians' disapproval of the West, mainly stem from the conflict over Russia's intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Ukrainians' approval of Russian leaders dropped 42 percent between 2013 and 2014.

The report adds, "The growing attitudinal divide between the former Cold War adversaries does not bode well for future negotiations." Russia's approval, or disapproval, rating is a "record low," Gallup reports.

Gallup says that the relationship between Russia and Western powers shows an "emerging gulf in attitudes" which is "troubling."

And the report, while on the high side for the period of the Obama administration, "is still much lower than the levels seen during the last years of George W. Bush’s administration," Gallup states.

Approval ratings of Chinese leadership were just so-so, with "disapproval nearly the same as approval," Gallup reports, while commenting, "Residents in China are not asked to rate their own country’s leadership or that of other countries because of the sensitive nature of the question."

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