Americans still like Putin — as much as they like Congress

New Gallup polling shows that Americans are less enamored of Vladmir Putin than ever before.

Dmitry Astakhov / AFP/Getty Images (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)

To read the polling firm’s analysis, it seems that sentiment toward the  Russian president is souring faster than a week-old stroganoff — it’s the first time that a majority of Americans, for the first time, view him unfavorably.

But for all Putin’s unappealing slouching (oh, and that business about taking issue with America’s exceptionalism), a full 19 percent of Americans still hold a “favorable” view of the former KGB-er. That’s nearly a fifth! Which is really not too shabby, all things considered.

In fact, it’s exactly the same percentage as Congress got the last time Gallup checked, which was only a few weeks ago.

And so even though Congress and Putin aren’t exactly seeing eye-to-eye these days, they’ve at least got something in common.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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