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Europe’s most popular leaders revealed – and it’s bad news for Macron and Scholz

Olaf Scholz has been labelled the world’s most unpopular democratic leader. The German Chancellor, who was only elected two years ago, has nosedived in the polls among German voters.

The poll, carried out for the US firm Morning Consult in March, showed Mr Scholz topping the charts with a whopping 73 percent.

However, his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, was not far behind the German leader. Mr Macron scored a shocking 71 percent disapproval. The French leader has three years until the 2027 presidential election to turn his ratings around.

The leaders of South Korea and Japan followed as third and fourth most unpopular, respectively.

British PM Rishi Sunak earned fifth spot on the unpopularity league table with a 66 percent disapproval rate.

Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden followed Mr Sunak as sixth (59 percent) and seventh (54 percent) respectively

Experts told the New York Times that the unpopularity can generally be blamed on “the four I’s: inflation, immigration, inequality and incumbency”.

This echoes a similar poll, carried out by Ipsos for Euronews. The survey, which spoke to 25,916 individuals across Europe, found that Mr Macron was the second best-liked European leader with 41 percent saying they have a “positive” opinion of him as opposed to 34 percent who say “negative.”

However, when it came to his domestic French voters, the survey found that President Macron had 62 percent ‘negative’ rating compared to just 28 percent ‘positive’.

Chancellor Scholz seems to find indifference among Europeans with 38 percent of respondents say they “don’t know enough” about the man leading the bloc’s largest economy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the most-liked leader with a 47 percent positive rating.

Unsurprisingly, Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most reviled leader among Europeans with 79 percent of respondents holding a “negative” opinion of the man.

On the other hand, 10 percent have a “positive” opinion of him, and 11 percent percent “don’t know enough.”

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