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Only 24 percent in the countries surveyed expressed confidence in Putin "to do the right thing regarding world affairs."
Of the 39 countries polled, only Vietnam (75 percent), Ghana (56 percent), and China (51 percent) yielded a majority of respondents who viewed Russia in a favorable light.
Putin garnered a majority favorable rating only in Vietnam (70 percent) and China (54 percent). He received an overwhelmingly positive assessment inside Russia, where 88 percent of respondents expressed support for their head of state.
The damaged relations between Moscow and the West are reflected in the new Pew Research Center poll.
Only 11 percent of Russians said they trusted U.S. President Barack Obama, down from 41 percent in 2011, at the height of his so-called "reset" policy aimed at improving ties with the Kremlin.
Among U.S. respondents, 75 percent said they had "no confidence" in Putin's handling of world affairs compared to 21 percent who said they trust the Russian leader.
The poll, conducted March 25-27, surveyed a total of 45,435 respondents from 40 countries...........
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