Netanyahu most admired in America, according to survey

The Israeli leader is the US' favourite democratically-elected male foreign leader, says Gallup


Assailed by political opponents and investigated by police over corruption allegations, Benjamin Netanyahu might be forgiven for thinking that there’s no end to the tzoures coming his way.

But at last there is some good news for the Israeli prime minister – in the United States, they love him.

According to an annual Gallup survey, Mr Netanyahu is the most admired foreign, democratically elected male leader among Americans, and ninth overall on the list of most admired men.

Around one per cent of respondents selected him, putting him ahead of US Vice-President Mike Pence and the Dalai Lama, and only just behind Bill Gates and Jewish failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Former President Barack Obama was America's most admired man for the 10th year in a row, with 17 per cent of the vote.

President Donald Trump finished second with 14 per cent.

Third was Pope Francis.

Hillary Clinton was the most admired woman in the world by Americans.

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