: Newsweek: Putin is less likeable and trustworthy than a year ago - poll

17:48 Mar. 21, 2016

Newsweek: Putin is less likeable and trustworthy than a year ago - poll

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the meeting with Morocco's King Mohammed VI (not pictured) in the Grand Kremlin Palace on March 15, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty Images)

Putin loses Russians' support

Russian President Vladimir Putin has become less likable and trustworthy in the eyes of the Russian people, according to a survey by independent pollster the Levada Center.

The poll, conducted earlier in March, asked a sample of 1,600 Russians from across the country to answer a number of questions as to how they view Putin. The center has been doing the survey almost every year since 2000.

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When asked if they trust Putin, 73 percent of respondents answered that they either trust him "entirely" or "largely trust him." However the figure has dropped by 10 percent compared to the same poll last year, when 83 percent of Russians either entirely or largely trusted the president.

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When asked to do a word association with Putin, 30 percent found him "likeable" - seven percent fewer than last year - and 8 percent felt he was admirable, compared to 10 percent last year.

The survey also posed multiple-choice questions about what they thought Putin's best and worst qualities are. The most notable drop was among those who felt Putin was "a man of strong will, decisiveness and great energy," as 31 percent indicated that is why the Russian leader appealed to them, compared with 41 percent in 2015.

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