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Russians Happier With Putin Than With Country's Direction

Russians are less likely than they have been in years to believe their country's leadership is taking them in the right direction, but their unshakable approval of President Vladimir Putin almost assures him re-election in March.

Better Relations With U.S. Not Top Priority for Russians

Russians are more likely to say it is important for Russia to act firmly with the U.S. (52%) than to say it is important for the countries to have good relations (29%). Few expect relations to get worse under President Donald Trump.

Putin's Already Negative U.S. Image Worsens

Russian President Vladimir Putin's favorable rating has dropped since February, among both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Putin's favorability has remained low for the past four years.

Gallup Vault: Telling America's Story to Russians in 1947

The United States' decision to direct Voice of America broadcasts to Russia at the start of the Cold War met with considerable skepticism among Americans who doubted these would be effective, or even reach their target.

Russians See Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor

The majority of Russians (68%) say that the difference between rich and poor people in Russia has increased in the past five years.

Economic Problems, Corruption Fail to Dent Putin's Image

Russians' approval of President Vladimir Putin is undiminished from the high ratings they have been giving him since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Putin's Image Rises in U.S., Mostly Among Republicans

More Americans now hold a favorable view of Vladimir Putin than in 2015, though the vast majority still view the Russian leader unfavorably.

Americans Mixed on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Recently confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins his role with Americans viewing him about as favorably (36%) as unfavorably (33%). Nearly as many (30%) are unfamiliar with him.

Majority in Russia See Domestic Violence as Serious Problem

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday that decriminalizes certain types of domestic violence -- which the majority of Russians (58%) continue to see as a serious problem in their country and few (22%) say their government is ...

Four in Five Americans View Syria Unfavorably

Americans' negative views of Syria have grown, as four in five adults now say they have an unfavorable view of the country -- a new high in Gallup's trend. Now only North Korea has a worse image among Americans than Syria.
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