Putin Popular as Leader Less So as Candidate Polls Say

The Moscow Times
Thursday 28th February, 2013

Vladimir Putin was re-elected, most Russians are content with his leadership and many believe he has returned the country to its “status as a super power,” a survey published Thursday showed. Sixty-five percent of respondents surveyed by the Levada Center said that since his re-election Putin has done more good than bad for the country, compared to 66 percent a year earlier. Eighteen percent said that he’d done more bad than good so far. Among the president’s main achievements, 36 percent of respondents cited “restoring Russia’s status as a great and respected power.” Thirty-nine percent o…

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