If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


52% Regard Vladimir Putin Unfavorably

Thursday, September 29, 2011

While few Americans see Russia as an enemy of the United States, they still don’t have high opinions of the man who will likely reclaim his role as its president.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that only 11% share even a somewhat favorable opinion of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. That includes just two percent (2%) who regard him Very Favorably. Fifty-two percent (52%) regard Putin unfavorably, with 23% who share a Very Unfavorable opinion of him. Another 36% don’t have an opinion of Putin, who announced last weekend that he will seek his second term as president. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Putin’s ratings among Americans are better than they were in February 2007, when 66% shared an unfavorable opinion of the Russian leader.

While only six percent (6%) of adults believe Russia is an ally of the United States, 16% say it is enemy. Most adults (66%) say Russia is somewhere in between an ally and an enemy. Another 12% are not sure. These findings have shifted little over the past year, but 27% felt Russia was an enemy in August 2009.

At the same time, 78% of Americans regard Russo-American relations as being at least somewhat important, including 38% who say those relations are Very Important. Only 13% don’t see U.S. relations with Russia as being as important.

Thirty-six percent (36%) believe Russia is a growing national security problem for the United States, while 25% disagree. A slight plurality (39%) is undecided on the question.

(Want a free daily e-mail update ? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter  or Facebook.

The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 27-28, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.


Become a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.