Popularity isn't always the best barometer to measure the success( and more importantly) the moral fortitude of any given leader. To use an extreme example(and by no means am I comparing the two) Hitler rose to power on a wave of high popularity, and despite losing the German presidential election to the incumbent Hindenburg, managed to finagle his way into the chancellors office and well.......we all know how that ended. The people "Loved" kim jon il, the people "Love" his demon spawned progeny, especially that pudgy bowlcut with a face. The People "Loved" Lenin, so much so they enshrined him in a permanent state of petrified repose for all the girls and boys to gawk at, the Non living embodiment of inherently flawed economic ideology. The people "Loved" Stalin, because of Stalinism. The people "Love" Putin because; Cyanide. The "People" "Love" a lot of things and individuals detrimental to their liberty and health. That doesn't make them right, it makes them stupid.