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Viktor Orbán Third Most Popular Foreign Politician in Czech Republic

Péter Cseresnyés 2019.08.09.

Prague based polling institute STEM has surveyed the popularity of certain foreign politicians and public figures in the Czech Republic. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came third on the list of 11, only Zuzana Čaputová and Pope Francis were rated higher by the Czech respondents.

According to a national survey conducted in June, Zuzana Čaputová the newly elected President of Slovakia is the most popular public figure in the Czech Republic with 71 percent of the respondents evaluating her positively. Pope Francis follows the Slovak politician with 63 percent, which is a bit surprising considering the Czech Republic is regarded as one of the least religious societies in Europe.

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Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán takes the third place as 12 percent of the Czechs “really like” the Hungarian prime minister, while 36 percent “rather like him”. Of the respondents, 29 percent dislike him, 19 of whom regards Orbán negatively and another 10 very negatively, while 22 percent didn’t have an opinion about the Hungarian head of government.

After the top three on this list, Theresa May, the former British Prime Minister (who was still in office at the time of the survey), French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński follow, with the positive ratings of 47, 40, 36 and 35 percent popularity, respectively.

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On the other half of the list are German Chancellor Angela Merkel (25%), Donald Trump, President of the US (24%), Jean-Claude Juncker, the former President of the European Commission (24%), and Xi Jinping Chinese President (18%).

A similar survey was conducted by STEM three years ago. On that list, Viktor Orbán was placed sixth.

The full list:

  1. Zuzana Čaputová (71%)
  2. Pope Francis (63%)
  3. Viktor Orbán (48%)
  4. Theresa May (47%)
  5. Emmanuel Macron (40%)
  6. Vladimir Putin (36%)
  7. Jarosław Kaczyński (35%)
  8. Angela Merkel (25%)
  9. Donald Trump (24%)
  10. Jean-Claude Juncker (24%)
  11. Xi Jinping (18%)

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI.