Dmitry Medvedev

Russian confidence in Putin remains strong, even as domestic problems persist

Russian confidence in Putin remains strong, even as domestic problems persist

Despite concerns about such issues as rising food prices and tension with the West, many Russians support the direction the country is headed under President Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll.

About 87% of the respondents said they had confidence in Putin’s handling of foreign affairs, and 59% said their country plays a more important role in global affairs than it has in 10 years. The survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center polled 1,002 Russians from February to April.

Putin became prime minister in 1999 under President Boris Yeltsin and then was elected president in 2000, serving in the position until 2008, with term limits preventing a...

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