Poland’s Duda leads Ukrainian approval ratings as Scholz and Macron struggle to impress

Polling shows who Ukrainians love and hate

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: TVP Info
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, and Polish President Andrzej Duda shake hands during a news conference after their meeting in Kyiv, , Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Polish President Andrzej Duda is the most popular foreign leader in the eyes of Ukrainians, the latest polling revealed.

According to a survey carried out by Rating Group Ukraine, the Polish president was assessed favorably by 92 percent of Ukrainians, with 76 percent of respondents viewing him very favorably. Duda was closely followed by both U.S. President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, both of whom were viewed positively by 89 percent of those polled.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen were next up, being positively viewed by 73 percent and 71 percent respectively.

A far lower number of Ukrainians viewed French President Emmanuel Macron positively at just 58 percent, which placed him slightly below Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 59 percent.

Even further down the list were German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who were negatively viewed by 44 percent and 53 percent of Ukrainians respectively. According to the Ukrainian pollster, the last two months have brought an increase in the positive ratings of Ursula von der Leyen and Olaf Scholz and a reduction in the ratings of Macron and Erdoğan. 

Unsurprisingly, in the unpopularity stakes the winner was Russian President Vladimir Putin with 98 percent negatively disposed towards him, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with 95 percent opposed. These findings bury any illusions as to the attitude of the vast majority of Ukrainians towards the invading Russian forces. 

Duda has visited Ukraine three times since the start of the war. He has developed a close relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky and has addressed a sitting of the Ukrainian parliament. Poland is the state which has been the most active in assisting Ukrainian refugees, providing military aid and diplomatic support for Ukrainian efforts internationally. 

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