Prince William and Zelenskyy Most Popular Newsmakers with Americans

Wednesday, 9 August 2023

An opinion poll by the American research center Gallup shows public figures in the US and worldwide who have been most frequently featured in recent news and enjoy support from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

The most popular among US citizens is the direct heir to the British throne, Prince William. His approval rating among Americans stands at 59%, with only 22% giving him a negative rating.

Following Prince William, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ranks second: 57% of US citizens have a positive view of him, while 29% have a negative view.

Credit: Gallup

Gallup emphasises that the British prince enjoys roughly equal support from both Democrats and Republicans, while the Ukrainian president is supported three times more by representatives of the Democratic Party.

Prince William and Zelenskyy are the only participants whose approval rating exceeds 50%. Slightly behind them is the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, who is positively rated by 49% of respondents and negatively rated by 39%, as well as the King of Britain, Charles III (46% to 37%).

Current US President Joe Biden and his likely opponent in the 2024 elections, former President Donald Trump, have the same approval rating of 41%. However, a majority (57% and 55% respectively) have an unfavourable view of them.

The least popular newsmaker in the US is Russian President Vladimir Putin: only 5% of Americans view him positively, while 90% view him negatively. This is the lowest approval rating for Putin in the US since 2002, when similar polls began.

A June Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that vast majority of Americans support military assistance to Ukraine to defend itself against full-scale Russian aggression, viewing it as a demonstration of the United States' willingness to protect their own and allied interests from China and other adversaries.

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