Putin Gains Record Support Among Russians Over Syria, Poll Shows

  • Approval rating rises to 89.9 percent, polling company says
  • President to speak on `war and peace' Thursday, Kremlin says

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, on Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea.

Photograph: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s public approval rating has reached a record 89.9 percent since he ordered his military to begin air strikes in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, according to a state-run polling center.

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