Putin's Approval Rating Creeps Up to 86%, Poll Shows

February 26, 2015 11:56 AM

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Putin's Approval Rating Creeps Up to 86%, Poll Shows

Although President Vladimir Putin has maintained the approval of the vast majority of Russians, one-third of their countrymen believe Russia is headed in the wrong direction, independent Moscow-based pollster the Levada Center revealed Thursday.

Eighty-six percent of respondents to a poll conducted between Feb. 20 and 23 said they approved of Putin's actions as president. Two years ago, that figure stood at a comparatively meager 65 percent.

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