PUTIN GETS POP­U­LAR

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Amer­i­cans might do well to re­view the piv­otal points of the Cold War when the old Soviet Union was in full ag­gres­sive pos­ture, billed as a “bear” on the pub­lic stage. Rus­sia ap­pears to be look­ing for a re­peat per­for­mance while new polling re­veals a con­fi­dent pop­u­la­tion, sug­gest­ing that per­sis­tent ru­mors of “Cold War Nos­tal­gia” in the na­tion could be gen­uine. Some cur­rent num­bers: Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin now has an 83 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing among Rus­sians — his best num­bers in years, this ac­cord­ing to a Gallup poll of face-to-face in­ter­views with 2,000 Rus­sians re­leased Fri­day.

For the first time in six years, 73 per­cent of the re­spon­dents now say their coun­try’s lead­er­ship is “lead­ing them in the right di­rec­tion” while a record 78 per­cent have con­fi­dence in the mil­i­tary and na­tional govern­ment (64 per­cent). No­tably, 65 per­cent of Rus­sians are “sat­is­fied with their free­doms,” Gallup found. And fol­low­ing a $400 bil­lion gas deal be­tween Rus­sia and China, Rus­sian ap­proval of China is a record 42 per­cent. Such rev­e­la­tions would likely have given the likes of Barry Gold­wa­ter great pause back in the day. But here is what Gallup says now.

“Re­cent events raised Rus­sian res­i­dents’ con­fi­dence in their govern­ment and var­i­ous na­tional in­sti­tu­tions

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For­mer Rep. Ron Paul de­scribes his new voic­e­soflib­erty.com web­site as a “dig­i­tal bully

pul­pit” for early-stage po­lit­i­cal ideas.

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