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Obama, Dalai Lama world's most popular leaders: poll

April 26, 2010

<Source Reference - Full survey result

PARIS, April 21, 2010 (AFP) ? US President Barack Obama and the Dalai
Lama are the world's two most popular leaders, according to a poll
conducted in six countries and released on Friday.

Obama won 77 percent backing, one percentage point higher than in
November, in the poll conducted by Harris Interactive for France24 and
Radio France-Internationale.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was at second place at 75 percent, followed
by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 62 percent.

Pope Benedict XVI was the seventh most popular leader with 36 percent
The survey was carried out on the Internet between March 31 and April 12
and covered 6,135 adults aged between 16 and 64 in Britain, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at fourth position with 54 percent
support. She was followed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy who tied
for fifth place with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at 37 percent.

The most unpopular leaders according to the survey were Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (5%), Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi (7%)
and Chinese President Hu Jintao (9%).
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