Poll: Putin Seen as Stronger Leader Than Obama

Poll: Putin Seen as Stronger Leader Than Obama
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While Vladimir Putin is wildly unpopular in the United States, most Americans see him as a stronger leader than President Obama, according to a YouGov/Economist survey.

Only 12 percent of poll respondents have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Putin, and nearly 70 percent see him somewhat unfavorably or very unfavorably. Yet, 78 percent consider him as either somewhat strong or very strong.

Obama has a significantly higher favorability rating than Putin (47 percent), but just 45 percent of Americans see him as very strong or somewhat strong. And 55 percent believe the opposite.

Despite this overall perception of Obama as relatively weak compared to Putin, 42 percent of those polled believe that the U.S. president uses “too much power” and 45 percent say he has “exceeded the limits of authority granted” by the Constitution.

Several other national political figures earn low approval ratings in the poll. House Speaker John Boehner’s stands at 24 percent, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s favorability rating is 22 percent. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fare slightly better, at 30 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted March 8-10 and has a margin or error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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