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Poll: Thumbs down on Vladimir Putin, Russia
politico.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | TAL KOPAN

Posted on 02/13/2014 5:47:16 AM PST by ilovesarah2012

With all eyes on Sochi for the Winter Olympics, Americans hold the lowest view of Russia and its president that they’ve had in two decades, according to a new poll. Sixty percent of Americans view Russia unfavorably, the most since 1994, according to Gallup’s poll out Thursday. Their favorable view of Russia nearly ties the low set in 1999 during the bombing in Chechnya and conflict in Kosovo: Today, just 34 percent of Americans view Russia favorably, near the 33 percent set in 1999.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also registered his lowest marks since first becoming president in 1999, per Gallup’s polling. Americans view Putin unfavorably 63 percent to 19 percent, continuing a trend that has grown since Gallup began polling on the Russian leader.

The low view of Russia follows a fall poll from Gallup that found Americans consider Russia an enemy rather than ally for the first time in 14 years, the culmination of a souring relationship between the two nations that has involved Russia harboring National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, opposite positions on Iran and Syria, anti-gay laws that worried Americans about crackdowns during the Olympics and a publicly frosty relationship between President Barack Obama and Putin.

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I am very surprised at this. My guess is they polled those low-information voters who love Obama. Friends on FB like and respect Putin much more than Obama.
1 posted on 02/13/2014 5:47:16 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Russia isn’t politically correct.


2 posted on 02/13/2014 5:49:58 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Obama polls a little better


3 posted on 02/13/2014 5:50:18 AM PST by Rock Eye Jack
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To: ilovesarah2012

Those polled: let me guess; polls taken in Kalifornia or the Northeast and identified themselves as left, liberal, gay, and under 30’s. No other votes counted.


4 posted on 02/13/2014 5:50:22 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ilovesarah2012

Your response to a dubious poll is what you see on Facebook?


5 posted on 02/13/2014 5:51:01 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ilovesarah2012

Oh, I’m sure Vlad is shaking in his boots! Better change his mind on homosexual propaganda aimed at the kids - otherwise those Western gays won’t like you.


6 posted on 02/13/2014 5:53:17 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

When they poll Conservatives on Obama vs Putin let me know.


7 posted on 02/13/2014 5:55:26 AM PST by celmak
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To: celmak

Careful. Not all conservatives value authoritarianism (why they dislike Obama in the first place).


8 posted on 02/13/2014 5:58:26 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ilovesarah2012

Seems to me there has been a concerted effort on behalf of our media during the Olympics to constantly trash Russia and Putin. There is no doubt that Putin was looking better on the world stage than Obama, and the captive audience during the Olympics is a prime opportunity to change that. This is the only tactic they have. They sure as heck can’t extol the virtues of Obama. He is a failure on the national and international stage.


9 posted on 02/13/2014 5:58:52 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

What you said. The media is trying to make Putin look bad in order to make 0bama look good.


10 posted on 02/13/2014 6:01:27 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: ilovesarah2012

BS


11 posted on 02/13/2014 6:02:21 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: ilovesarah2012

Unfavorable is a pretty broad term.

It can include hate, fear and lower down on the scale disdain.

Presently, disdain is likely predominent


12 posted on 02/13/2014 6:02:36 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 1rudeboy

I have over 400 conservative friends, so yes.


13 posted on 02/13/2014 6:03:04 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

LOL


14 posted on 02/13/2014 6:04:19 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: NEMDF
Absolutely.

Obama has been sooooo disrespectful to Putin.

And the fact that Putin warned us about the Boston bombers and Obama told Putin to go to hell.

15 posted on 02/13/2014 6:04:29 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I understand Putin’s background and I suppose he is looking out for himself first. But that is to be expected from him. Obama is supposed to be the “leader” of the free world and an example to other countries. He has failed miserably at that. But Obama is more dangerous because he is not looking out for America. He hates America, especially white America. As far as I know, Putin is okay with white people.


16 posted on 02/13/2014 6:13:22 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

——I suppose he is looking out for himself first.——

It is possible, even probable, that Putin is looking out first for Mother Russia.

Russia will live or die under his administration. It is that simple. The danger at the beginning of his rule was and may still be mortal


17 posted on 02/13/2014 6:17:47 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Anyone who defends Putin is insane. A KGB thug that’s been “president” of Russia for 15 years. When do you think he’ll step down? Another 15 years? Very admirable. That country is a corrupt cesspool. No matter how bad Obama is, he won’t be president 1 day past eight years. Crappy that we have to wait that long, but at least he’ll be gone. Putin, not so much.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 6:23:38 AM PST by strider44
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To: ilovesarah2012

I know I’m a holdover from the beginning of the cold war, in earnest, in the 50s but I wouldn’t watch the Savior’s return if it took place in Russia.


19 posted on 02/13/2014 6:24:44 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Rock Eye Jack

And McConnell polls a little worse which I find terribly amusing.


20 posted on 02/13/2014 6:25:15 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: strider44

I wish I had your confidence that Obama would be gone at the end of this term. When has he ever followed the Constitution? If he comes up with some reason why he needs to stay in office, what would happen?


21 posted on 02/13/2014 6:28:08 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Do you think he will fill out his term?

There may be others that decide his tyranny must be ended


22 posted on 02/13/2014 6:30:15 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: RIghtwardHo

We had to practice hiding under our desks during the Russian missile crisis. I grew up in South Florida. We were taught the Soviet Union was our mortal enemy. I am reading a book Putin’s Russia. Russia has a history of horrible corruption. Not sure today’s America is much better.


23 posted on 02/13/2014 6:30:36 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: 1rudeboy

You think someone trusting the opinion of their own circle of friends over some media driven poll numbers is funny?

Aren’t you special..


24 posted on 02/13/2014 6:30:53 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Russia is Russia. The KGB (comparable to our CIA was part of that world. It is a very old country with a lot of culture. It went through a lot....and has evolved into a "new country" thanks to the leadership of Putin. It was an uphill climb.

As far as I can see, the USA has now spiraled to a new low....murdering babies,

Remember, we were allies at one time. We suffered together.

25 posted on 02/13/2014 6:39:49 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: bert

It’s been five years of tyranny. Seems everybody who could do anything is okay with it.


26 posted on 02/13/2014 6:40:10 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Getting weary of the GOPES (gop elite snobs) re-lying on B/S polls offered by the political opposition. Think any Russian gives a damm or believes what’s comming out of Politico ? This poll is for Demo-Com consumption to disguise the screwups in foreign policy.


27 posted on 02/13/2014 6:41:01 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Russia has a long and complicated history. We don’t. Perhaps we will end up being a flash in the pan in history. Not sure America can survive Obama and his henchmen/women.


28 posted on 02/13/2014 6:42:01 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: mac_truck

Reread my comments on this thread, I’m guessing Russian is your first language.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 6:42:20 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: mosesdapoet

I really didn’t consider that but I think you are right.


30 posted on 02/13/2014 6:43:00 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: strider44

I think people admire Putin because even though he is a thug and a gangster, you can tell by watching him at the Olympics that he truly LOVES HIS COUNTRY and the competitors that represent Russia. No matter what his past KGB associations, you can tell he is proud of the athletes, and proud of his country. He also acts like a man, instead of a sissy boy. Therefore, he is respected by most people.


31 posted on 02/13/2014 6:53:57 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: ilovesarah2012

I often hear this repeated on FR. There is no way he stays in power. That’s ridiculous. In a way it would almost be a good thing if he tried it. That would finally be the last straw and rebellion would begin.


32 posted on 02/13/2014 7:02:55 AM PST by strider44
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To: woodbutcher1963

I’m sure Castro loves his country too. So did Hugo Chavez. Did anyone love their country more than Ronald Reagan as president? He loved it so much that he couldn’t imagine staying one second longer than his natural term. Putin is a megalomaniac


33 posted on 02/13/2014 7:06:40 AM PST by strider44
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To: woodbutcher1963
"He also acts like a man, instead of a sissy boy. Therefore, he is respected by most people."

There you have it.

Regardless of Obama's motives being as pure as the wind driven snow, I despise him because he's a wimp.

34 posted on 02/13/2014 7:06:58 AM PST by gettinolder
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To: Sacajaweau

We were only Allies because we knew the Russians would slaughter more Nazis ( and Russians) than us.

That Alliance did not last long after May 1945.


35 posted on 02/13/2014 7:08:00 AM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

             

36 posted on 02/13/2014 7:10:31 AM PST by tomkat
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To: strider44

Putin doesn’t play nice with the globalists. He is thorn in their side. Europe wants to go one direction (homosexuality, political correctness, one world currency) and he stands in the way. Viva Putin


37 posted on 02/13/2014 7:16:16 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: ilovesarah2012

They must have taken this poll at a gay nightclub.


38 posted on 02/13/2014 7:26:14 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Augustinian monk

One hears that term a lot around here, “globalist.” It means whatever someone wants it to mean. Funny thing is, Putin is a “globalist” under many of its definitions.


39 posted on 02/13/2014 7:28:09 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: strider44

Michelle could run.


40 posted on 02/13/2014 7:33:35 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

I don’t beleive the poll. I want to see all aspects of how and where they took the poll and what they asked.


41 posted on 02/13/2014 7:44:28 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: strider44

You can count me with the 34 percent. I like Putin and am grateful for his leadership.


42 posted on 02/13/2014 7:45:33 AM PST by Romulus
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To: ilovesarah2012

At least Putin is not an enemy of his country. 0-bama hates the original concept of America.


43 posted on 02/13/2014 7:48:45 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

I agree.


44 posted on 02/13/2014 7:49:17 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

They are following the Obama line - he does have the bully pulpit.


45 posted on 02/13/2014 8:07:53 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

To the extent Russia is following God’s commands on this issue, I’m a huge fan. Morality ain’t determined by majority vote. That’s solely God’s AOR.


46 posted on 02/13/2014 8:40:23 AM PST by afsnco
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To: strider44

I absolutely agree. However, there is something about Putin I still like. I guess it is because he is a man’s man, as opposed to our resident commander-in-chief.


47 posted on 02/13/2014 9:11:40 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: NEMDF
The media is trying to make Putin look bad in order to make 0bama look good.

I think that it may go deeper than that. Putin has turned Russia back towards its heritage; back towards traditional moral values; back towards a sense of pride in their own nation.

Our media, largely brainwashed by the Academic Left, feel threatened by such a turn.

Frankly, I seriously doubt that the Gallup poll was based upon an objective methodology. Hell, I frankly doubt that most Americans have any clear opinion on Putin.

William Flax

48 posted on 02/13/2014 9:23:28 AM PST by Ohioan
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I’m guessing Russian is your first language.

Guess again dumbass.

49 posted on 02/13/2014 11:39:55 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: 1rudeboy

Here’s the deal. All the criticisms I read of Putin could have been said for a lot of anti-communist dictators/strongmen propped up the U.S. during the cold war.


50 posted on 02/13/2014 11:41:36 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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