Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has always stood for superlatives. Economically, Austria is in a very bad position in the euro zone, the population’s trust in the government and parliament is particularly low in Austria and inflation is hitting Austria particularly hard. In addition, Austria ranks second in the world in terms of the number of corona tests. Now Nehammer was able to take first place for a short time: in the previous week he was considered the most unpopular head of government in the world.
The domestic system media, which are kept alive by the government with millions in donations (from tax money), can no longer sugarcoat it. The boulevard doesn’t even try anymorewhich shows that Nehammer has long since been written off in the ÖVP and there is already a countdown to his replacement.
That “Global Leader Approval Rating” was from Morning Consult Political Intelligence created. Founded in 2014, the company is valued at $1 billion and provides global survey research tools, data services and news for business, marketing, business and government organizations. The well-known political YouTuber “New Normality” published a recommendable video.
First place (from the back) went to Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) on the basis of the poll values up to July 26th. The latest poll numbers, covering the period July 27 to August 2, paint a different picture. Now Nehammer ranks seventh behind Olaf Scholz. The most unpopular head of government in the world is said to be Petr Fiala from the Czech Republic, while the most popular is Narendra Modi from India.
It is a complete mystery where Nehammer’s sudden increase in popularity has come from since last week. He has neither claimed to have personally closed the Balkan route like his inglorious predecessor Sebastian Kurz (60,000 to 70,000 asylum applications are expected in 2022 as a result of illegal border crossings), nor has he solved any other problem of the Austrians – for example in the energy sector or inflation.
Morning Consult describes the survey methodology as follows:
Global leadership and country evolution data is based on a seven-day rolling average of all adults in a given country with a +/- 1-4% margin of error. In the United States, the average sample size is about 45,000. In the other countries, the sample size is between about 500 and 5,000. All interviews are conducted online among nationally representative samples of adults. In India, the sample is representative of the educated population.
It is unclear why the 22 country leaders who are in the rating are being observed.