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Survey Shows That Americans’ View Putin More Favorably


A Gallup survey was recently conducted that polled about 1,035 adults. The survey took place between February 1, 2017 and February 5, 2017. The following results were collected with a 4-percentage point of margin error.

The survey centered on the view of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The results surprisingly came out positive. People within the United States are now viewing Putin more positive than they did about two years ago. This could be in part to the Russian President’s image rising within the Republican Party.

The results of the poll showcased that about 22 percent of the public had a favorable view of Putin, which is actually up from the 13 percent back in 2015. This happens to be the highest rating that Putin has received since 2003. 

Then of course there are the three-quarters of people, which equates to 72 percent that views Putin unfavorably, according to the Gallup survey.

This poll also discovered that about 32 percent of the Republicans view Putin in a positive light, which is actually 20 percent higher than 2015. Within the Independent Party, 23 percent view Putin more favorably than they did back in 2015, which was 12 percent. Then there are the Democrats. This latest poll actually showcased how much the Democrats view of Putin is moving in a negative direction. Ten percent is now viewing him favorably, which is down from the 15 percent in 2015.

Gallup did document that throughout the last 20 years, the Americans’ view of Putin has been a roller coaster of numbers. When the first poll was conducted about Putin back in 2002, 41 percent had viewed the Russian President favorably. 

This survey follows President Trump’s agenda to improve Russian relations. This also comes after the intelligence community discovered that Putin had a campaign that included covert intelligence and overt propaganda to weaken the United States citizen faith in the election process.

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