President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings are near an all-time high – at 80% – after his invasion of Crimea.
Russia’s Ria Novosti reported:
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday.
A poll by the Levada Center said public support for the Russian leader rose by 8 percent since Putin delivered an address to parliament on Crimea before the predominantly Russian-speaking region rejoined Russia last week.
Levada said Putin’s approval rating peaked at 85 percent in spring 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev, now prime minister, succeeded him as president.
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Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 45% today – 35 points below Putin’s approval rating.