Russian President Vladimir Putin’s global ratings have sunk to 20-year lows as thousands of Ukrainians are being killed and millions displaced in Russia’s invasion entering its fourth month, according to a Pew Research Center poll published Wednesday.
A median of 90% of respondents in 18 countries said they have no confidence In Putin “to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew said.
That compares with 18% confidence toward Chinese leader Xi Jinping and low 60s and high 50s for U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Putin’s trust ratings around the world have been on a downward trend during his two decades in power.
“But in 2022, these numbers reached record lows in every nation where trends are available,” Pew said.
Most polled countries including the United States saw double-digit declines in Putin’s ratings.
Putin also saw a significant drop in ratings among right-wing respondents who had traditionally held more favorable views toward the Russian leader.
Falling trust in the Russian leader correlated with low opinions toward the country itself, the survey’s results showed.
A median of 85% of Pew’s respondents said they have an unfavorable opinion of Russia.
Poland had both the most negative view of Russia at 97% and the lowest confidence in Putin at 2%, according to Pew.
The only country where a majority of respondents expressed confidence in Putin and favorability toward Russia was Malaysia.
Pew conducted its survey among 3,581 panelists in North America, Europe and the Pacific between March 21-27.
Source: The Moscow Times