February 13, 2014
Putin's Popularity Waned at Home Before Olympics
Julie Ray, Gallup
The Associated Press
Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on the Sochi Olympic Games to boost his country's image around the world, but the games' success or failure may be just as important to his flagging popularity at home. A majority of Russians (54%) still approved of the job Putin was doing as president in 2013, but this is 29 percentage points lower than the approval rating he received at the end of his last presidency in 2008.
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