Head of the emergency services Raed Arafat emerges as most popular leader in Romania during coronavirus pandemic, survey finds

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The head of Romania’s Emergency Situations Department, Raed Arafat, has emerged as the most popular person in Romania during the coronavirus pandemic, a poll shows.

The survey looked at leadership models during the COVID-19 pandemic and asked respondents what qualities were important in a leader.

Some 39% of respondents said that a leader should be responsible, 36% thought a leader should be capable  and 21% considered being realistic was a quality.

Separately, 44% of business people said a leader should be empathic, 30% believed he or she should be a visionary and 27% wanted a leader to be responsible.

After Arafat, President Klaus Iohannis took second place, followed by Health Minister Nelu Tataru. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban came in fourth, and then Interior Mnister Ion Marcel Vela.

Other people who made the list were German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Romanian President Traian Băsescu, former Romanian Premier Victor Ponta, and US president Donald Trump.

The survey also found that entrepreneurs and marketing industry employees admire Merkel most, followed by Arafat.

 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the health minister, former US president Barack Obama, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden,  Iohannis, Queen Elizabeth II, and Carmen Uscatu, the cofounder of the non-governmental group Daruieste Viata NGO, which raised donations to build a local hospital also made the list.

Some 604 people were surveyed, including 70 entrepreneurs and people from the marketing and advertising industry. The poll second Crisis InsightsMeter survey by market research company Unlock. was conducted between April 10 and 20.

The survey asked open questions and didn’t present a list of leaders.


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