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Two-thirds of Russians want Putin to remain president after 2018

Published time: June 25, 2014 12:17
Edited time: June 27, 2014 14:12
Russia's President Vladimir Putin  (Reuters / Alexei Nikolsky / RIA Novosti / Kremlin)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (Reuters / Alexei Nikolsky / RIA Novosti / Kremlin)

Sixty-six percent of Russian citizens want Vladimir Putin to continue at his presidential post for the next term, the latest opinion poll shows. The respondents especially praised his efforts in foreign policy and in strengthening Russian military.

According to the Public Opinion foundation, two thirds of Russians also claimed that Putin’s policies were fully in line with their own interests. The number rose from 36 percent in September 2012 to 66 percent in June this year.

Even more Russians agreed that Putin’s work as a president matched the expectations they experienced during the elections two years ago. In addition, 55 percent of those polled hold that during the current term Putin was fulfilling his duties better than during his first and second terms in office.

When asked which of Putin’s steps they approved of most, 29 percent of Russian public nominated the accession of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, 7 percent mentioned the efforts for political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, 5 percent said it was the successful hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and four percent answered that it was Russian foreign policy in general.

Most respondents also pointed out the President’s successes in strengthening the country’s military potential and in defending Russia’s positions in the international politics.

In mid-March this year another influential polling agency – the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, VCIOM, released a report claiming that Vladimir Putin’s rating has risen 15 percent since the beginning of 2014 and stands at 75.7 percent – the highest in the last five years.

According to VCIOM, most people connected their approval of the president with his good handling of the Ukrainian political crisis and the help extended to the people of Crimea.

Comments (250)


renee.bernier 22.08.2014 23:00

Putin should remain as President. Putin is good for the country, and Putin is good for the world.


Andrew 21.08.2014 13:07

I believe Putin is a great world leader (and I'm a Brit!). Lavrov is also a good ambassador for Russia compared with the western foreign affairs diplomats. Just look at that idiot Kerry! Our western media (owned by the 'wests' very own 1% - oligarch's!) never report or debate what is ACTUALLY happening in Eastern Ukraine. If they do it's always very 'selective' and ALWAYS blaming Russia!!. Thank God we have the internet to get the truth sorted!. It's very bad in Gaza but it is ASLO VERY BAD in Eastern Ukraine!!. These poor people's suffering has gone virtually unreported in the west!. ANOTHER US 'regime' change!.


Michael Rode 19.08.2014 09:08

Brent Ekstrand 05.08.2014 16:02

Putin needs to have his propaganda outlets run more photos of him bare-chested, wrestling bears, that type of study thing. It helps take the focus off of his tiny, balding body. I wonder if he is delusional to the point that he believes the tripe that the propaganda outlets like RT publish. That is a frightening but still amusing thought. Anyone for some polonium flavored tea?


Somebody is knocking the door, its for you i think? Oh its just the IMF, you owe them money and they have come to strip your corporations of assets.

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