Gallup’s confusing survey concerning respect for various country’s leaders

gallupSAN FRANCISCO (press release)—It may not be to the left-leaning mainstream media’s delight, but to millions of Americans it is. In a Gallup poll released recently, when it comes to international approval of leadership, the world’s residents think U.S. leaders are the best. Take that New York Times.

The world may find the U.S. in high favor, but that does not include Russia. But they’re not too crazy about the leaders of Russia. In the 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. The above countries can be understood, but China is one of them?

Back to Russia: 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.” Whereas “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.” But once again, we’re talking about China?

“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. Comically, 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.” Anyone surprised with their dictatorial form of government?

The most obvious reason for the Russian disapproval is the Ukraine crisis that many feel is solely Russia’s responsibility. To no one’s surprise, Ukrainians’ approval of Russian leaders dropped 42 percent between 2013 and 2014.

The approval rating for the Chinese leadership was, at best, lukewarm. The “disapproval nearly the same as approval,” Gallup reports. “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.” To absorb that answer, refer back to the statement about Russia’s dictatorial government.

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