Apr 5, 2022 - World

Zelensky is America’s most popular world leader

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Confidence in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is greater among the American people than any other international leader — including President Biden, a new Pew Research Survey found.

Why it matters: Russia's invasion of Ukraine has transformed Zelensky from a former comedian to a statesman, offering real-time lessons about leadership, courage and tech-savvy.

The details: Seventy-two percent of Americans said they have confidence Zelensky will do the right thing regarding world affairs.

He's leveraged his mastery of mass and social media — including a video appearance at the Grammys on Sunday — to earn support from both the public and Western leaders.

  • That's compared to just 6% of respondents who said they have confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin after he launched the invasion.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping comes in slightly above Putin, with 15% of respondents expressing confidence in him.

Biden has the confidence of 48% of Americans in his handling of international affairs.

  • That’s down from the beginning of his presidency, when 60% of Americans expressed confidence in him on foreign policy.
  • The two most prominent leaders in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have the confidence of 55% and 53% of respondents, respectively.
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