POLL SHOWS NEGATIVE VIEWS OF RUSSIA, PUTIN AROUND THE WORLD

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty on August 6, 2015, reported on a new opinion poll showing that both Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, are viewed unfavorably around the world. Excerpts below:

A U.S.-based Pew Research Center poll released on August 5 shows that a median of just 30 percent have a positive opinion of Russia among respondents from 39 countries around the world, excluding Russia.

Only 24 percent in the countries surveyed expressed confidence in Putin “to do the right thing regarding world affairs.”

Of the 39 countries polled, only Vietnam (75 percent), Ghana (56 percent), and China (51 percent) yielded a majority of respondents who viewed Russia in a favorable light.

Relations between Russia and the West have plunged to lows not seen since the Cold War, driven by the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year and a simmering war between Kyiv and Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

The damaged relations between Moscow and the West are reflected in the new Pew Research Center poll.

Among U.S. respondents, 75 percent said they had “no confidence” in Putin’s handling of world affairs compared to 21 percent who said they trust the Russian leader.

The poll, conducted March 25-27, surveyed a total of 45,435 respondents from 40 countries.

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