Monday, April 3, 2017

How the Right Learned to Love the Russians

Actually I don't know how, but I'm guessing it has something to do with a pseudo-billionaire with weird hair.

An Economist/YouGov poll in December found that while only 9 percent of Trump voters had a favorable view of Obama, 35 percent had a favorable view of Putin. In February, Gallup reported that the proportion of Republicans viewing Putin favorably rose from 12 percent in 2015 to 32 percent this year.

Not surprisingly, given what Putin did to defeat Hillary Clinton, his favorability among Democrats dropped, from 15 percent in 2015 to 10 percent now. But note how unpopular Putin was with Democrats in both surveys. What's striking is that a 3-point gap between the two parties in 2015 is now at 22 points.

Bear? What Bear?

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