As Putin's approval rating slips, Russians more positive about West than at any time since Crimea grab

22:30, 02 August 2018
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According to a new poll by the Levada Center, July 2018 marked the first time since March 2014 that positive attitudes about the United States and European Union outweighed negative attitudes: 42 percent versus 40 percent (for the U.S.) and 42 percent versus 38 percent (for the EU), according to Meduza.

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As recently as May 2018, support for the West was dramatically lower: 20 percent for the United States and 26 percent for the European Union.

As Russians’ views about the West turn rosier, approval ratings for the country’s leaders have slipped to post-Crimea lows. President Vladimir Putin’s job approval rating is now 67 percent, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s rating has fallen to 31 percent (a historic low).

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