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Article published the Friday 23 April 2010 - Latest update : Friday 23 April 2010
Obama, Dalai Lama are top of pops for world leaders
United States President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are the world's two most popular leaders according to the results
of a Radio France International and France 24 "world leaders barometer", published Friday.
Obama won 77 per cent backing, in the sixth wave of the survey, which was carried out by Harris Interactive. This is one
percentage point higher than in November.
The Tibetan spiritual leader came into second place at 75 per cent, followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at 62
This survey regularly examines the popularity and perceived influence of leading political and spiritual leaders around the
This time round, a new feature has been integrated: respondents have been asked to evaluate the personalities of the 21
Recent scandals aside, Pope Benedict XVI was the seventh most popular leader, with 36 per cent support.
The survey was carried out on the internet between 31 March and 12 April, and covered 6,135 adults aged between 16 and
64 in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel took out fourth position with 54 per cent support. She was followed by embattled French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who tied for fifth place with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at 37 per cent.
The most unpopular leaders, according to the survey, were Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Libyan strongman
Moamer Kadhafi and Chinese President Hu Jintao.