Putin’s Public Approval Is Soaring During Russia-Ukraine Crisis. But It Might Not Last.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into eastern Ukraine on Feb. 21, 2022. The invasion could lead to the biggest armed conflict in Europe since World War II, Western leaders warn.

But amid the mounting tensions, public opinion polls in Russia show that support for Putin is rising.

The rally ‘round the flag effect of supporting political leadership during an international crisis will likely be short-lived.