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Vladimir Putin's Approval Rating Soars in Russia

Pollsters in Russia credit his high ratings to military moves in Syria

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    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Assad has traveled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011 to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Syrian and Russian media reported Wednesday. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is quite popular in his home country. 

    The Russian leader enjoys a nearly 90 percent approval rating according to a nationwide poll published Thursday, NBC News reports. 

    Pollsters in Russia credit his high ratings to military moves in Syria.

     

    "Such high approval rating of the president of Russia had to do mostly with the events in Syria, [and] Russian airstrikes on terrorist positions," VTsIOM said on its website.

    The poll surveyed 1,600 people and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.