Duda most trusted foreign leader by Ukrainians

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Polish President Andrzej Duda enjoys the greatest trust by Ukrainian citizens among all foreign leaders, according to a survey commissioned by the Centre for New Europe (CNE), a Kiev-based think tank.

The Polish president has overtaken Joe Biden, the US president and Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president.

Duda won the Kiev think-tank ranking for the second time in a row. In a similar survey in 2021, the Polish leader received 53 percent of the vote, three percentage points ahead of Biden, the Ukrainian media wrote.

According to the results of the 2022 survey published on the website of the RBK-Ukraina news agency, Duda's activities were positively assessed by 87 percent of respondents whereas Biden's and von der Leyen's by 79 percent and 73 percent, respectively.

Ukrainian citizens also praised the attitude of the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (64 percent support), European Council President Charles Michel (51 percent) and Moldovan President Mai Sandu (50 percent).

Next in the 2022 ranking were German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as indicated by 49 percent of the respondents and French President Emmanuel Macron by 44 percent.

On the other hand, the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin received 97 percent of critical votes and his Belarusian ally Alexander Lukashenko received 94 percent of negative assessments.

Most Ukrainians also distrust China's leader Xi Jinping (73 percent) and Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, (69 percent).

The survey was run on December 16-25, 2022 on a random sample of 1,553 respondents.