Putin’s Popularity Rises in Russia, Drops Among Americans, Polls Say

By By Zoe Strozewski
Mar 30, 2022

Approval numbers regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s activities since the start of the Russia-Ukraine War have seen a steep increase in recent months, according to a new poll from independent pollster Levada.

The poll showed that approval of Putin’s actions increased from 69 percent in January to 83 percent in March.

But in the U.S., Putin’s confidence rating has dropped to dismal lows, according to another new poll from the Pew Research Center. Just 6 percent of surveyed U.S. adults said that they have confidence in Putin after his decision to invade Ukraine.

The Russia-Ukraine War has left many people weighing whether they approve of or have confidence in the leaders involved in it. While approval ratings for Putin have seen an increase in Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Putin’s main foe in the war, has also seen his support skyrocket both at home in Ukraine and in the U.S.

The Pew Research poll found that 72 percent of Americans have some or a lot of confidence in Zelensky, the highest rating out of any global leader included in the survey.

When it comes to U.S. President Joe Biden‘s handling of international affairs, Americans are much more divided. Of the respondents, 48 percent said that they have confidence in Biden’s handling of international affairs, while 52 percent said that they have no confidence or not too much confidence.

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