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Africa: Global Poll Shows Nigerians Love Trump, Theresa May And Bill Gates

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The United States President, Donald Trump, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Theresa May’s dancing appears to have won her fans in Nigeria, while Mexico has a soft spot for Vladimir Putin, and Angela Merkel has admirers in Turkey.

That is, according to the results of YouGov’s most recent poll, the largest of its kind conducted by the public opinion and data company, published exclusively in the Guardian.

Among questions on a broad range of global issues, more than 25,000 people in 23 countries across the globe were asked to pick their favourites from a list of the world’s most rich and powerful, which included political leaders such as Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau alongside public figures and celebrities such as Warren Buffett, Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé.

Barack and Michelle Obama chalked up a husband-and-wife first and second spot as the most popular people on average across all 23 countries, closely followed by Bill Gates and Will Smith. The Dalai Lama was the pick of the current political leaders, with Merkel second.

The tech multibillionaire Gates won the highest single rating with 14% in Nigeria. Madonna stood out with 12% in Turkey. Other notable scores included David Beckham, still popular in Turkey; David Attenborough, highly regarded in Australia; Sandra Bullock, big in Brazil; and Julia Roberts, still feted in Poland.

Political leaders had a harder time in the popularity stakes. Some notable zero-percenters included Donald Trump in Germany, Theresa May in France and Spain and Putin and Xi Jinping in Japan. The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, scored 0% in more countries than those he picked up marks in. May was most popular in Nigeria, where 6% of people put her among their favourite politicians.

In a second question, YouGov asked if people liked or disliked different world leaders. From those responses it appears that Trump is apparently reasonably popular in India, perhaps because he hasn’t been there yet. His denigration of Africa as a “shithole” appears to have done his reputation little harm: more Nigerians like him than dislike him.

Merkel is generally more popular the further north in Europe you go, a legacy perhaps of German-inspired austerityfoisted on the south.
Putin scores well in Mexico and India, but poorly in Britain, where more than 60% of people dislike him.

It’s unlikely to bother him – or any of them. There are no votes in foreign admiration. If there were, Michelle Obama would certainly win the 2020 American presidential election, but the incumbent would also be given a run for his money by his previous opponent Hilary Clinton, talkshow host Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Jude Johnson and Will Neal
Source: globalsentinelng.com

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