Lukashenko beats Merkel as the most popular foreign politician in Ukraine

Lukashenko beats Merkel as the most popular foreign politician in Ukraine
More Ukrainians think Belarus's president Lukashenko's style of rule would be good for Ukraine than Germany's Merkel
By bne IntelliNews February 19, 2019

Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko has been named the most popular foreign politician amongst Ukrainians, beating out German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the sort of person they want their new president to emulate, according to survey by the Ukrainian analytical centre New Europe, BelTA reports.

When asked which foreign leader’s decision-making style and political behaviour the future president of Ukraine should emulate, 13.44% of respondents named Lukashenko. Merkel was second with 9.83% of the votes. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was placed third with 4.71%.

Among the most popular politicians were also the presidents of Poland, the US, Russia, France and Turkey, and the prime ministers of Canada and Israel.

The poll comprised four waves of face-to-face interviews. Each of them polled not fewer than 2,000 Ukrainian citizens aged 18 and older.

Sociological sampling corresponds to the distribution of the adult population of Ukraine by age, sex, region and type of settlement. The margin of sampling error does not exceed 2.2%.

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