This is a very interesting pole. however, I highly doubt about the views of people of a developing country or a non democratic country about their own leader (these are shown only in detailed graphs in your link page).
Just to mention a few, it would be very doubtful to beleive 93% of Chinese have trust in their leader. Or 76% of iranians trust Ahmadi Nejad.
Thanks & keep up the good work.
What I find very strange is that Ban-Ki Moon is the popular one. I am not sure if most people even know who is he!
I agree with your suspicion about the results in China and Iran. I haven’t downloaded the country by country summaries. Here is a Newsweek article about this poll: the poll found most of the world now seems to have more confidence in undemocratic than democratic leaders.
The article doesn’t mention that maybe this is due to “democratic” leaders ability to practice also unpopular policies and betray the democratic ideals.
It has always been my belief that the best form of government has to be benevolent monarchy. The rub, of course, is insuring the monarchy is benevolent.
But my initial reaction to this was, “They needed to take a poll?” Sheesh.
Second reaction was that Brown cannot possibly be that high on the list.
Third reaction was delight that so many people know who Ban-Ki Moon is… but… what has his very short tenure accomplished so far? Is that why people have more confidence in him? Is that the excuse for Brown too?