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« on: June 27, 2017, 12:59:04 pm »

I know a recent poll showed Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto with a higher approval in the United States than in Mexico. Are there any other world leaders who might be unpopular at home but have a fan base somewhere else?
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 01:07:23 pm »

I'm sure there are some Caribbean and South American countries where Maduro is more popular than he is in Venezuela, especially the places that still enjoy Venezuelan largesse.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 01:25:59 pm »

Well, here is a US poll from March on various world leaders, and folks like Theresa May and Justin Trudeau seem to rate high enough that it presumably exceeds their numbers in their home countries:

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=261065.msg5580313#msg5580313

But note that they included the country name in the polling, so they were testing names like Justin Trudeau, the leader of Canada.  Thus, many respondents were probably voicing support for the country rather than the person.  If you did this without such prompting, then presumably you run into the problem of leaders getting small #s in foreign countries because of lack of name recognition.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 02:59:18 pm »

Flawless Beautiful Macron will very soon, if he isn't already.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 03:02:34 pm »

Macron, May and Merkel are all likely more popular in Canada than in their countries, based on proxy polling we've done in the past.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2017, 08:41:09 pm »

Israeli leaders have a floor in the US that's higher than the Israeli one -- I distinctly recall polling that showed Ehud Olmert was thought of fairly highly in the US towards the end of his term when he had basically no Israelis left defending him.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2017, 09:00:03 pm »

Trump in the Philippines.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2017, 12:58:08 am »

Does Obama count? I seem to recall he was more popular in the rest of the world than here during his first term.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 01:14:16 am »

Flawless Beautiful Macron will very soon, if he isn't already.

Macron, May and Merkel are all likely more popular in Canada than in their countries, based on proxy polling we've done in the past.

Macron is at 64% in the latest Ifop approval rating, I don't think he has enough name recognition abroad to surpass 64% (expect maybe in Germany).
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2017, 01:58:41 am »

Obviously Obama (his approval rating in some European countries was 85% or higher even when he was unpopular in the US). Like other posters said Macron probably will be more popular in Europe than in his own country. His EU plans aren't really popular in a lot of countries though, and that could hurt him with populists (they don't like him anyway) and less EU-enthusiastic centre-right voters. Maybe Merkel during the height of the refugee crisis? And Blair probably was more popular in the US than in his own country after the Iraq war.
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2017, 07:51:36 am »

Definitely Nieto - I have not met any Mexican who likes him.

Definitely not Shinzo Abe, though people were sympathetic about the hand shake incident with Trump, his political views are much disliked among those outside of Japan

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2017, 04:43:58 pm »

Flawless Beautiful Macron will very soon, if he isn't already.

Macron, May and Merkel are all likely more popular in Canada than in their countries, based on proxy polling we've done in the past.

Macron is at 64% in the latest Ifop approval rating, I don't think he has enough name recognition abroad to surpass 64% (expect maybe in Germany).

ok, well we did a poll showing Macron beating Le Pen 82-18 here, but over half didn't answer or weren't paying attention to the election.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2017, 06:38:56 pm »

George W. Bush was probably pretty popular in Africa and Eastern Europe at the end of his administration.  He was greeted quite enthusiastically in Albania. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2017, 07:03:31 am »

George W. Bush was probably pretty popular in Africa and Eastern Europe at the end of his administration.  He was greeted quite enthusiastically in Albania. 

George W. Bush: The Norman Wisdom of US Presidents
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2017, 01:51:52 am »

Israeli leaders have a floor in the US that's higher than the Israeli one -- I distinctly recall polling that showed Ehud Olmert was thought of fairly highly in the US towards the end of his term when he had basically no Israelis left defending him.

Yep. Bibi is also much more popular in America than in Israel.
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2017, 07:38:55 am »

Haile Selassie?
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2017, 11:27:17 am »


Warsaw street bands had songs about him in the 30s.
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2017, 12:58:07 pm »

How about Rutherford Hayes in Paraguay? That's a classic example.
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2017, 01:37:44 pm »

Maybe Hollande? There has to be a country in Europe where atleast 5% of the population once saw him on tv and decided he was a nice guy.
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2017, 02:25:24 pm »

How about Rutherford Hayes in Paraguay? That's a classic example.

Huh, interesting! Why so?
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2017, 02:34:47 pm »

How about Rutherford Hayes in Paraguay? That's a classic example.

Huh, interesting! Why so?

Paraguay got devastated in a war (Triple Alliance War) and after the war Argentina claimed some Paraguayan territory. The two sides asked the US to settle the dispute and president Hayes decided in favor of Paraguay. They even named a department after him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidente_Hayes_Department

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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2017, 03:01:09 pm »

Theresa May is the only one that comes to mind. I remember seeing a Gallup poll where she had nearly a 60% favorable rating amongst both Democrats and Republicans.
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2017, 03:50:33 pm »

The obvious answer is Trump, who is more popular in at least Russia and Israel than in the United States. (The US President will always qualify for this no matter who they are; Obama was way more popular in Western Europe or Canada than in the US.)
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2017, 03:57:41 pm »

Gorbachev fell under this label during his later years as Soviet leader.
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