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Putin leads in Moldova poll

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considered the most trustworthy foreign leader among Moldovans the Institute for Public Policy's “2016 Public Opinion Barometer” finds. Respondents' trust in the Russian President was the highest at 62.1 percent. Of the politicians listed, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came last with only 10.7 percent of respondents believing him trustworthy.

Second in the rankings was Romanian President Klaus Johannis at 33.5 percent. Third was German Chancellor Angela Merkel with 29.7 percent, who was followed by US President Barack Obama at 25.3 percent. Both French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron came in under 20 percent.

The survey was conducted between 16–23 April, 2016, and surveyed 1143 respondents over the age of 18 living in 86 settlements across Moldova.

Compared with last year's Public Opinion Barometer, trust in all foreign politicians has dropped significantly, except for trust in Vladimir Putin.