Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.


Putin’s rating at two-year high for second consecutive week – pollsters

Published time: March 06, 2014 10:40
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

According to an early March poll the Russian President’s rating remains at its highest in the last two years and researchers list the Sochi Olympics and moves for a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis as possible reasons.

Almost 68 percent of Russians approve of the work of President Vladimir Putin, reads the report published by the WCIOM All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. The respondents named two major events as having an effect. 53 percent say it's the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine, including the situation on the Crimean Peninsula. 42 percent say the main event of the past few weeks was the successful completion of the Sochi Olympics, and the preparations for the Paralympic Games.

A similar poll conducted in late February also indicated that public support for the Russian President was at the same level of just below 68 percent. This is the highest index since May 2012 when Putin’s inauguration boosted public support to 68.8 percent.

After the violent change of power in Ukraine led to turmoil across the country, the Russian president got approval from the upper house of parliament to sanction the use of military force to protect Russian citizens and the Russian-speaking population in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in south-east Ukraine. Among them are 16,000 military servicemen stationed on Russian military and navy bases. Russian speakers make up over 60 percent of the population in Crimea that was handed over to the Ukrainian republic in mid-50s by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

During the press conference held earlier this week Putin said that while the legal move opened the opportunity for military involvement in Crimea, there was no necessity for such a step. The Russian leader added that accepting Crimea into the Russian Federation was out of the question.

The legislature of Crimean Republic on Thursday voted to hold a referendum on March 16 n which the residents will answer the questions whether they want the region to remain part of Ukraine, or if they want it to become part of Russia.

Comments (97)


Mij Swerdna 18.08.2014 00:34

Mr. Putin, can you hear me?

You must stop the indiscriminate shelling of civilians and life sustaining infrastructure in Donetsk and Luhansk as you have the power You must declare and enforce a no - fly zone over these territories. This should be done for humanitarian reasons.

Don't worry about them. They are terribly clever and thus will seize the opportunity to foam at the mouth with moral outrage. VIpers. Hypocrites.They want a global caste system which places the top. They cannot include Russia. Who would be their great adversary? What of your brothers?

D oing the right thing matters. Do it.


Robert Miller 13.08.2014 20:39

Enjoy your new Pariah status, Enjoy more sanctions and isolationist status; enjoy the new cold war! Enjoy your only friend and Commie mate Kim Jong Un!


Thomas One 11.08.2014 07:54

Russians admiring Putin; or else.
some other leaders who were equally admired -
Hitler, Hussein, Gadhafi and of course Stalin, Russians really admired him. Needless to say the ones who were slaughtered did not vote or perhaps they were the only ones who did vote.

View all comments (97)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or



Show password


or Register

Request a new password


or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:


or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile



New password

Retype new password

Current password



Follow us

Follow us