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These two are the most popular world leaders

Angela Merkel might be popular in general globally but people in Ireland don’t have much time for her…

Image: Gero Breloer/AP

IT’S OFFICIAL, BARACK Obama is the most popular world leader.

In a global poll of 63,000 people by Win/Gallup, the US President came out on top, with a 59% favourable score.

Among Irish people in the poll, Obama has a net favourability of 46%.

Perhaps surprisingly, Germany’s Angela Merkel came second, followed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Merkel appears to unite both Western and Eastern Europe with her popularity matched in both regions and she is significantly more popular with men than with women.

She does not appear to be that popular in Ireland, however, with a net favourability of -5% here.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani proved to be the least popular with a net score of -13.

Source: Win/Gallup

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Despite recently seen taking on Islamic State in Syria, President Putin splits opinion with one in three viewing him favourably but 43% viewing him unfavourably.

However, when looking at the two most populous countries in the world President Putin remains increasingly popular. Jean-Marc Leger, Presidnet of Win/Gallup International said Putin is much admired at home and in the largest country in the world but “globally his reputation is less favourable”.

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