Aug 9, 2023 - Politics & Policy

New poll: Leaders Americans love — and hate

Data: Gallup; Chart: Axios Visuals.
Data: Gallup; Chart: Axios Visuals.

Republicans and Democrats alike are bigger fans of Prince William and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky than many of their own political leaders, a new Gallup poll shows.

Why it matters: Hyper-partisan politics have sullied the reputations of U.S. political leaders, from President Biden to Speaker McCarthy (R-Calif.) to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

  • First Lady Jill Biden and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts were the only two Americans on the survey to score positive ratings.

By the numbers: After nearly 250 years of independence, Americans seem to pine for England.

  • Both Prince William and King Charles III of the U.K. enjoy relatively high — and bipartisan — favorability with Americans.
  • You rarely see this kind of agreement in U.S. polls: Prince William is beloved by 65% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats. King Charles? 50% of Republicans, 49% of Democrats.

Ukraine's Zelensky is favored by half of Republicans — but is even more popular with Democrats (75%).

  • The gap reflects growing resistance from Republicans to aid to Ukraine.

The most disliked public figure on the list is Russian President Vladimir Putin, with 90% of respondents viewing him unfavorably — the worst rating Gallup has ever recorded for him.

Zoom in: House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is in a familiar position for new congressional leaders; He's the most unknown of the 15 public figures in the poll, with 37% of respondents saying they have never heard of him or have no opinion.

  • McCarthy trails former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis among Republicans — 67% view the speaker favorably, compared to 76% for DeSantis and 83% for Trump.
  • McCarthy is seen favorably by nearly 1 in 5 Democrats.
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