Top 10 popular leaders in world: Barack Obama 1st, Narendra Modi 7th

Narendra Modi was beaten by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was named the sixth most popular leader.

Top 10 popular leaders in world: Barack Obama 1st, Narendra Modi 7th

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been voted as the seventh most popular leader in the world in a new poll topped by US President Barack Obama.

Modi evoked a favourable view from 24 percent of people polled throughout 65 countries around the world as opposed to 20 percent unfavourable, giving him a score of +4 percent in the WIN/Gallup survey for ORB International's 'International World Leader Index'.

Modi was, however, beaten by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was named the sixth most popular leader but had a higher unfavourable score than the Indian leader -- 30 percent.

Obama grabbed the topmost spot with a score of +30 percent with a whopping 59 percent in his favour and 29 percent unfavourable.

"President Obama is significantly more admired around the world than anyone else," the survey said.

Obama is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (+13 percent) with British Prime Minister David Cameron completing the top three with a score of +10 percent.

Cameron scored a 37 percent favourable rating while another 28 percent viewed him unfavourably.

People in South Asia were the most friendly to the British leader, with 53 percent saying they viewed him favourably and just 12 percent saying they viewed him unfavourably.

He was also popular in the rest of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, where 44 percent of people viewed Cameron favourably.

The other leaders that made it to the top 10 include French President Francois Hollande (4th), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (5th), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (8th), Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud (9th) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (10th). 

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