Dec 8, 2018

Study shows Russia's public image is declining as its global power rises

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The global public has unfavorable opinions of Russia and President Vladimir Putin, but the country is still rising and becoming a world power, reports Clark Letterman of Pew Research Center citing data from a poll of 25 countries.

By the numbers: A median of 34% of people around the globe view Russia favorably and just 26% of those polled have confidence in Putin to "do the right thing in world affairs," with more unfavorable opinions belonging to those in the West. However, four countries showed favorable views of the country — the Philippines, Tunisia, South Korea and Greece — with "at least half have a positive view of Russia." Overall, 42% of participants in the poll said Russia plays a more important role in the world today as they did 10 years ago.

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