Russian Society is Experiencing Delusions of Grandeur – Poll Data
Recent polling data indicates that “group-think” is taking hold of Russian society, causing in a big boost for President Vladimir Putin’s popularity and stoking dangerous nationalist passions.
According to several nationwide polls conducted in March and April by the Levada Center, one of Russia’s leading national pollsters, the annexation of Crimea is fueling a frenzy of national pride. The polling results showed 79 percent of Russians believe that “Russia is returning its traditional role of a superpower and asserts its interests in the post-Soviet space.” Meanwhile, 80 percent of respondents said they approved of Putin’s handling of Crimea crisis -- a rating that is among the highest he has ever enjoyed. It’s also worth noting that in late 2013, his approval rating stood at 62 percent. Overall, 71 percent of Russians said they now fully or mostly trust Putin, according to the Levada polls.
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