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Ukraine crisis and Olympics boost Vladimir Putin's popularity in Russia
The Guardian ^ | March 6, 2014 | Alec Luhn in Moscow

Posted on 03/06/2014 3:30:24 PM PST by Jim Robinson

While Vladimir Putin has faced condemnation from the west for his troops' takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, at home the Russian president is enjoying his highest approval ratings in the past two years. Research also appears to confirm solid support for Russian intervention in Ukraine.

According to a survey conducted by the state-run pollster VTsIOM on 1-2 March, just as Russian forces were quietly taking control of key infrastructure in Crimea, 67.8% of respondents approved of Putin's job performance.

Although the president regularly achieves approval ratings above 60%, this was his highest rating since May 2012. Researchers attributed this latest number to the political situation regarding Crimea and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which respondents said were the two biggest news events that week.

In addition, 71% of respondents said Russia should more actively defend the interests of Russians in Crimea, while only 17% thought it would be better not to come into conflict with the Ukrainian authorities. These results were similar to those for the same question five years ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/06/2014 3:30:24 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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The Germans thought Hitler was pretty cool when he took the Sudetenland. That didn’t work out so well in the long run. Of course, we’re a little short of Churchills these days ...


2 posted on 03/06/2014 3:33:35 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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Ukraine crisis and Olympics boost Vladimir Putin's popularity in Russia

Some American rag claimed he's hated in Russia now for the same reasons.

We'll know after the war.

3 posted on 03/06/2014 3:34:52 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Of course, we’re a little short of Churchills these days ...
 

Yep. But BIG on Chamberlains.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 3:38:06 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Navy Patriot

“Some American rag claimed he’s hated in Russia now for the same reasons.”

Like Walter Lippmann said in “Public Opinion,” “When somebody says France thinks this or that, what part of France was he permitted to see? Who did he speak to? Under what circumstances?”

Short of polling a statistical sample and asking the right question, we can’t know what “Russians think.” And, if we could poll them, I guarantee they’d lie to protect themselves. I too would lie if somebody asked me if I’d vote for Hillary Clinton. “Sure. Yeah...Why not?”


5 posted on 03/06/2014 3:39:02 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Jim Robinson




6 posted on 03/06/2014 3:39:09 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wonder what the results would be if Americans were polled as to their opinion of Putin.


7 posted on 03/06/2014 3:39:56 PM PST by allendale
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To: Paine in the Neck

Putin is running a decrepit kleptocracy. Nationalist expansion is how Putin plans to keep the proles distracted and happy. He has to feed the beast or it will turn on him.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 3:40:00 PM PST by lodi90
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To: onyx

So glad you posted this! I saw it on FB this morning and laughed and laughed. I love laughing at Obama.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 3:41:38 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Gen.Blather
I too would lie if somebody asked me if I’d vote for Hillary Clinton. “Sure. Yeah...Why not?”

I see you've been audited by the IRS recently.

10 posted on 03/06/2014 3:42:27 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: allendale

I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure about what the American people have to say about Obama. And it ain’t good.


11 posted on 03/06/2014 3:43:16 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Not surprised, considering we have NO leadership in the White House at all.


12 posted on 03/06/2014 3:43:31 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Clint Eastwood is right: He's the biggest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people.

13 posted on 03/06/2014 3:43:32 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: lodi90
Putin is running a decrepit kleptocracy. Nationalist expansion is how Putin plans to keep the proles distracted and happy. He has to feed the beast or it will turn on him.

Obama is running a declining kleptocracy. Socialist expansion is how DemoRats plan to keep the proles distracted and happy. They have to feed the beast or it will turn on them.

14 posted on 03/06/2014 3:46:56 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: onyx

LOL! I love it, the look on his face is priceless.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 3:47:14 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson

Vladimir Putin’s personal approval ratings have always been above 50% and no lower than 70% throughout his 14 years either as President or Prime Minister. That’s a level of personal popularity most Western politicians can’t match. His first term was secured by a modest margin but his second term was a record landslide and his term came in at 63% of the vote.

He does pay attention to public opinion polls and makes sure is on the popular side of issues. And his tough guy image has made him popular with Russians - also his use of earthy language resonates with core supporters in Russia’s countryside and small towns. What is certain Crimea was as poll-tested as all the other policy initiatives he has undertaken.

And when you’re popular with the voters, you have political freedom of maneuver - at home and abroad. That’s why its going to be extremely difficult for the West to persuade Putin to do things a far less popular politician might easily go along with in order to shore up his domestic and foreign support.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 3:47:23 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Navy Patriot

UP
Pootie’s numbers go

Bammy’s numbers go
DOWN


17 posted on 03/06/2014 3:49:12 PM PST by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: jazusamo

LOL. It’s a wonderful graphic.
So sad and too bad Crimea is a crying shame.


18 posted on 03/06/2014 3:49:19 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Amen to that, my FRiend.


19 posted on 03/06/2014 3:51:21 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson

34% approve of obama.


20 posted on 03/06/2014 4:40:16 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: onyx

Well, that’s a given.


21 posted on 03/06/2014 4:54:54 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Jim Robinson
According to a survey conducted by the state-run pollster...

State. Run. Pollster.

22 posted on 03/06/2014 5:16:35 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Jim Robinson

Watch as Putin has some more surprises set for OBama-Boy. China may do something or Cuba—Or some new crisis worse than Slicing off a bit of Ukraine just for fun. Maybe something in Iran or Egypt—or something here in America??? I believe he’s planned this out.


23 posted on 03/06/2014 5:47:43 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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