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Following his bold displays of defiance against the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky enjoys the confidence of 72% of Americans, eclipsing US President Joe Biden’s 48% confidence rating and establishing himself as a figure with strong bipartisan popularity, according to Pew Research Center data published Wednesday.

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Until 2019 a comedian and actor with little recognition outside Ukraine and Russia, Zelensky is now one of the most popular international leaders among Americans, outshining French President Emmanuel Macron, who had a 55% confidence rating, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who had a 53 % confidence rating, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had a 15% confidence rating, Pew found.

Pew found Zelensky most popular among older people—with an 86% confidence rate among people age 65 and older, compared to 63% among people age 18-29—and more educated people—with an 82% confidence rate among people with postgraduate degrees, compared to 67% among people with a high school diploma or less, mirroring demographic approval patterns for the Biden Administration’s response to Russia’s invasion.

Zelensky also enjoys strong bipartisan confidence—67% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and 80% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents voiced confidence in Zelensky, while Biden proved the most divisive leader on the list, with a confidence rating of just 16% among Republicans but 75% among Democrats.

There was also little division on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had an overall confidence rating of 6%, down from 33% in 2006—polling released Wednesday showed that just 7% of Republicans and 5% of Democrats were confident Putin would handle world affairs appropriately, nearly closing a partisan divide that opened during the Trump Administration, when confidence in Putin was consistently much higher among Republicans than Democrats.

Pew’s study was conducted from March 21-27 and included responses from 3,581 randomly selected US adults.



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