In normal times, if a U.S. President were to attend the annual meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations while his approval rating was around 37%, he would appear hopelessly weak. At the meeting taking place next week, however, Bill Clinton will seem almost Rooseveltian compared with some of his fellow G-7 leaders, only one of whom, the Italian Prime Minister, newly elected in the wake of historic scandals, has an approval rating to write home about.
G-7 Leader Approval Rating
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (Italy) 60%
Francois Mitterrand (France) 41
Bill Clinton (U.S.) 37
Kim Campbell (Canada) 37