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Putin’s Negatives Decline In Midst of Russian Scuffles

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Trump administration today announced that it is about to expel 60 Russian consular officers and close Russia’s Seattle consulate in retaliation for the poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. Though most voters continue to have an unfavorable opinion of the country’s leader, roughly a third still consider Russia under Putin to be more of a threat than the communist Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters have an unfavorable opinion of Putin, including 51% who have a Very Unfavorable one.  Just 15% have a favorable opinion of the Russian president, with only seven percent (7%) holding a Very Favorable opinion.  Ten percent (10%) are not sure of their opinion. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 21-22, 2018 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.

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