Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said he was “proud” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “defeating” Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in an international survey of world’s top leaders.

“PM @narendramodi defeats Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping in popularity – Proud moment for every Indian,” tweeted Yogi.

Gallup International in its annual survey, Opinion of Global Leaders conducted across 50 nations, placed Modi on the third position behind German chancellor Angela Merkel, who took the top spot followed by French President Emmanuel Macron among world’s top leaders.

Modi, with a net score of 8, climbed up on the global rating and is now ranked third; the highest ever rank any Indian prime minister has got so far in the GIA Global polls.

While, Jinping with a net score of 5 was at the fifth spot, Trump who has been in office for just over a year polled miserably with 58 per cent of the respondents holding an unfavourable view of him.

According to Gallup, 53,769 persons were interviewed globally. In each country a representative sample of around 1,000 men and women was interviewed either face-to-face, or via phone, or through online mediums.