PUTIN GETS POPULAR
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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