WorldViews: Putin’s approval rating hits 80 percent

By Adam Taylor, March 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how despite (or perhaps due to) the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin was enjoying a three-year high in his approval ratings.

On Wednesday, the independent Levada Center released their latest numbers for Putin, and they show that his popularity is growing even more. Putin now holds an enormous 80-percent approval rating. Just 18 percent of Russians appear unhappy with his leadership, the lowest number in years (the other 2 percent are unsure).

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