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Vladimir Putin's approval rating soars to 87 per cent in Russia

Published on Aug 7, 2014 4:23 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a session of the State Council Presidium in Voronezh on Aug 5, 2014. Mr Putin's domestic approval rating has soared to 87 per cent, pollsters said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's domestic approval rating has soared to 87 per cent, pollsters said on Thursday, the highest level in six years as Russia is locked in a standoff with the West over Ukraine.

Nearly one in 10 Russians polled by the independent Levada research centre said they approved of Putin's policies when the study was conducted at the beginning of August.

The figure is just one percent lower than the Kremlin strongman's historic popularity peak in August 2008 when Moscow fought a brief war with Georgia.

In the August poll, 66 percent of Russians said they think that the country is "moving in the right direction", against 19 per cent who said Russia is on the wrong path.

 
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