Ukraine crisis: Putin's approval rating climbs amid Crimea crisis
Published on Mar 11, 2014 11:17 PM
MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin has seen his approval rating climb in Russia due to his strong stance on military intervention in Ukraine, several opinion polls show.
More than two out of three Russians (69 per cent of those interviewed), say they back Mr Putin's actions, a poll by the independent Levada agency found in late February after interviewing 1,603 people in 45 regions.
Mr Putin's approval ratings were almost as high as after his inauguration in 2012, Levada said. Just 30 per cent of Russians say they disapprove of Mr Putin's actions, down from 34 per cent last year, the Levada centre found.
The VTsIOM state polling agency, seen as close to the Kremlin, put Mr Putin's approval rating at 68 per cent, with 53 per cent of its respondents in early March saying the situation in Ukraine was the most important news event.
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