For US President Joe Biden and his colleagues from the world’s major powers, he said, this is an era of democratic disillusionment, in which voters appear to be constantly dissatisfied with their elected presidents and prime ministers. For one reason or another, every leader finds himself in a difficult position, the article’s author noted.
Baker cited data from a Morning Consult poll suggesting that none of the politicians present at the summit can win the support of a majority of their country’s people. Italian Prime Minister George Meloni has the best result: his approval rating is only 49%. Biden follows with 42%, followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with 39%, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with 34%, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunaka with 33% and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida with 31. %. French President Emmanuel Macron closes the list with a dismal 25%.
The observer points out that the reasons for Boyden’s sad situation are problems of public debt, inflation, crime and fears of voters because of his age. Baker linked the low level of support for French President Emmanuel Macron to pension reform.
Baker noted that the G7 summit in Hiroshima was a great opportunity for leaders who are unpopular in their own countries to share experiences and exchange ideas on how to curry favor with voters.