Here’s another fun one. We’re going to pit world leaders head to head once again. Who is the Better World Leader? Donald Trump of the USA, Angela Merkel of Germany, Xi Jinping of China, or Vladimir Putin of Russia? This shouldn’t come down to what country you prefer, because it’s about leadership. Our sincere hope at PollsHere is that we hear from not only people who support their own country’s leader as the best but can look at them independently and be open at least to the idea of voting for another world leader if they deserve it. In other words, we hope you answer this question in the spirit that it’s intended- not country versus country- but individual world leader versus world leader.
Donald Trump is the 45th and current (2020) president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a real estate developer and reality television personality. The majority of Trump’s political successes include appointing Conservative Judges throughout the American Court System, Including the Supreme Court, passing a monumental sized tax reform bill, leaving the Paris Climate Accord, and abandoning environmental and worker protection regulations. Donald Trump’s popularity in the United States continues to be overshadowed by his polarity and growing unemployment due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic as he only enjoys approval ratings in the low 40% currently.
Angela Merkel has served as the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018. Chancellor Angela Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and by multiple commentators as the "leader of the free world." Germany's governing coalition has shot up in approval ratings amid the massive public health crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has dropped during the same time period.
Xi Jinping of China has served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2012, and President of the People's Republic of China since 2013. Xi has been the paramount leader, the highest-ranking official in China, since 2012, and he officially received the title of "leadership core" from them in 2016. Xi Jinping of China is the 15th most popular foreign politician and the 8th most famous. There is no approval rating in China domestically, so it is difficult to gauge his real-world approval ratings. In 2018 China has approved the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency, effectively allowing Xi Jinping to remain in power for life.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a former intelligence officer has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008. He was also Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin’s approval ratings have been quite a roller coaster peaking in 2008 and 2015 around 85%. In 2018 he dropped down to 63% and in 2020 hovers around 69%. Putin has been accused of or credited depending on your vantage point with helping tip the scales towards Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. We may not know if this is true or not, but we suspect he may be smiling to himself about this either way.