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Modi Remains at the Summit of ‘Global Leader Approval’ List with a 76% Rating; Biden Maintains 7th Position, Sunak at 15th.

In the ‘Global Leader Approval’ rankings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to hold the top position with an impressive approval rating of 76%. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden maintains his position at the 7th spot. Additionally, Rishi Sunak is ranked 15th in the list, showcasing their standing on the global stage in terms of public approval and leadership.

Following his recent success at the G20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again secured the top position in a list of approval ratings for global leaders. Swiss President Alain Berset follows closely in second place, boasting a 64 percent approval rating, while Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador occupies the third position. These rankings reflect the global recognition and approval of these leaders’ actions and policies.


Modi Remains at the Summit of 'Global Leader Approval' List with a 76% Rating; Biden Maintains 7th Position, Sunak at 15th.
Modi Remains at the Summit of ‘Global Leader Approval’ List with a 76% Rating; Biden Maintains 7th Position, Sunak at 15th.

In the most recent approval ratings, which were last released in June, US President Joe Biden maintained his position at seventh place with an unchanged approval rating of 40 percent. However, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak experienced a drop in rankings, falling from the 12th position to the 15th spot, accompanied by a 27 percent approval rating.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval rating stood at 76 percent, marking a slight one-percentage-point drop from the previous ratings. The ‘Global Leader Approval Rating Tracker,’ published on September 14 by Morning Consult, a decision intelligence company, reaffirmed Prime Minister Modi’s top position. In February, he held the top spot with a 78 percent approval rating, but since then, his approval rating has decreased by two percentage points. These fluctuations in approval ratings reflect the changing perceptions of global leaders on the international stage.

The most recent approval ratings by Morning Consult were gathered from September 6 to 12, providing a snapshot of public sentiment during that period. These ratings are calculated based on a seven-day moving average from responses collected from adult residents in each country, with varying sample sizes considered for the analysis.

The prestigious G20 Leaders Summit, hosted in New Delhi and widely praised by a majority of attending leaders, took place on September 9 and 10. The rankings in the approval list encompass leaders from 22 countries, primarily consisting of G20 member nations.

In this ranking, Anthony Albanese from Australia secured the fifth position with a notable approval rating of 48 percent, followed by Italian PM Giorgia Meloni in the sixth position with a score of 42 percent. Prime Minister Modi, affiliated with the right-wing BJP, and Giorgia Meloni are the only top 10 leaders representing right-wing to far-right political positions. The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, is associated with a centre-right political position.

The remaining leaders in the top rankings, including those from Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, the US, Spain, and Canada, hail from parties that are centre-left to left-wing or adhere to social liberalism, such as the Democratic Party of the US. This diversity in political ideologies among top-ranking leaders showcases a spectrum of political perspectives globally.

Comparing the recent approval ratings to those released in February, there have been notable shifts in rankings and approval ratings for several global leaders:

  • Swiss President Alain Berset ascended to the second position, accompanied by an improved approval rating of 64 percent. This advancement pushed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the third position, with a 61 percent approval rating. However, it’s worth noting that Obrador’s rating has decreased by seven percentage points since February.
  • Australia’s Anthony Albanese maintained the fifth position but experienced a drop in his approval rating from 58 percent in February to 48 percent.
  • Italian PM Giorgia Meloni also retained her sixth position; however, her approval rating decreased significantly, falling from 52 percent in February to 42 percent.
  • Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva improved his ranking from sixth in February to fourth, although his approval rating slightly dipped from 50 percent to 49 percent.
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who faced a diplomatic incident at the G20 summit in India, dropped from the eighth position in February to the 10th spot, accompanied by a decrease in his approval rating from 40 percent to 37 percent.
  • Spanish President Pedro Sanchez moved up to the eighth position from 10th in February, earning a 39 percent approval rating, while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar maintained his ninth position with an improved approval rating of 38 percent, up from 37 percent in February.

These shifts in rankings and approval ratings reflect changing dynamics and public sentiment toward global leaders over time.


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