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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 (259)


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.


Michael Rode 19.08.2014 09:06

Robert Miller 14.08.2014 01:15

Who annexed Crimea! Who broke an international treaty that was signed by Russia, USA and the UK and France recognising the Ukraine's borders for the handing over of all the Nukes that were on Ukraine's territory.


You are unlikely to absorb this as your brain is probably the size of a pea. However, Crimea region undertook a referendum vote with 83.1% turnout. Still with me? Okay. Of those that voted, 96.7% voted to rejoin with Russia. Are you still there Robert? Good. Now, without trying to reply, think "democracy" ;, look at the vote results then reply.


Bullwinkle J Moose 16.08.2014 19:21

Lol. Putin is sucking Strelkov dìck in a Russian hospital right now. Has Rigamortis

MacMickey 16.08.2014 16:33

President Putin will go down in history as a great man.


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