Putin’s approval rating at an all time high after strikes against ISIS in Syria
Russian president Vladimir Putin has seen his approval rating hit its highest level ever recorded, 89.9 per cent, in a new poll released by The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM). This follows a September poll by the Levada polling centre that reported an approval rating of 84 per cent. Putin appears to have received a bump in approval following the September 30th commencement of an airstrike campaign against ISIS in Syria. While many in the West have criticized Russia for bombing non-ISIS targets along with the ISIS mission – suggesting Putin is jumping to the aid of Syrian leader Bashar Assad – Russians are supportive of the program. Levada found in a survey conducted October 2 – 5 that 72 per cent of Russians have a positive opinion of the military engagement.
29 per cent of respondents say relations between the US and Russia are “hostile” currently, while 45 per cent say they are “tense”. Fewer than one per cent said “friendly,” and one per cent said “neigbourly”.
When asked if Russia’s intervention into Syria could lead to “another Afghanistan” (referring to the nine year Soviet-Afghan War from 1979-89) the most popular response was “quite possible” (39%). Seven per cent said this is very likely, and one-third of respondents (32%) said this is unlikely.
Almost three-quarters (71%) of Russians say the role of the United States in the modern world has been generally negative, up from 50 per cent in 2013.
Methodology: VTsIOM and Levada each report polling 1,600 Russian adults, with a margin or error of +/- 3.5 percentage points