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Putin's Approval Rating Soars to 87%, Poll Says

Published: August 7, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • Putin's latest popularity boost comes on the heels of yet another round of EU and U.S. sanctions against Russian officials.
    Photo: Presidential Press Service / Kremlin.ru

President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached a record high of 87 percent, according to the results of a survey published Wednesday by the independent Levada Center pollster.

In May, Putin enjoyed an approval rating of 83 percent, its highest since 2008, according to major U.S. pollster Gallup.

Putin's popularity at home has skyrocketed against a backdrop of increased diplomatic isolation connected with the crisis in Ukraine, where the West claims that the Kremlin's aggressive policies continue to destabilize the nation and inflict casualties.

His latest popularity boost comes on the heels of yet another round of EU and U.S. sanctions against Russian officials.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's approval rating sits at 71 percent, the Levada poll revealed. Sixty-six percent of respondents also said they believe Russia is "moving in the right direction."

The poll was conducted from Aug. 1 to 4, among 1,600 adults across 134 Russian cities.





 


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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