Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s global approval rating has fallen to 66 percent, down from what was 75 percent a year ago, a survey suggested.

About 28 percent disapproved of PM Modi, up from what was 20 percent a year ago. Notably, the prime minister’s approval rating was as high as 84 percent on May 2-3, 2020, months after the COVID-19 pandemic started. However, the ‘Global Leader Approval Rating Tracker’ survey, conducted by American data intelligence firm ‘Morning Consult’, suggests that PM Modi remains ahead of world leaders from 13 countries, including the United States, Russia, France and Germany.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (65 percent) finished second in terms of the global approval rating; followed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (63 percent), called ‘AMLO’ by his supporters; while Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (54 percent), Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel (53 percent) came in fourth and fifth positions, respectively. This was followed by United States President Joe Biden (53 percent), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (48 percent) and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson (44 percent).

South Korean President Moon Jae-In (37 percent), Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (36 percent), Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (35 percent), French President Emmanuel Macron (35 percent) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (29 percent) followed.

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