Vladimir Putin Is Mentally Unstable, Majority of Americans Believe: Poll

Nearly two thirds of Americans consider Vladimir Putin to be "mentally unstable," according to a survey.

A Quinnipiac University national poll, conducted between March 10 and March 14, found that 60 percent think the Russian president, who launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, is mentally unstable, while 24 percent say he is mentally stable.

The survey, which was conducted when the conflict in Ukraine was in its second week, also found that people have a dim view of politicians and media figures who have praised Putin.

According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans say they view those who have praised Putin "less favorably," with more than one third (36 percent) saying it hasn't affected their opinion on these individuals. Just two percent of those taking part in the survey said they now think better of those who have praised Putin.

"Some career advice from American voters to the politicians, pundits and opinion performers, there may be enduring consequences for admiring the world's most reviled leader," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Arguably the biggest and most controversial figure to have praised Putin in recent weeks was Former President Donald Trump.

Just prior to the start of the invasion, Trump said Putin's tactic of recognizing two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine and sending Russian troops to the regions under the guise of "peacekeeping operations" was "genius" and "very savvy."

Trump—who had a cozy relationship with Putin while he was in the White House and seemingly never wanted to criticize his Russian counterpart—doubled down on his praise just as the war was breaking out.

"He's taken over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I'd say that's pretty smart," Trump told a crowd during a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

In comparison, President Joe Biden recently called Putin a "war criminal" because of the atrocities being carried out during the war in Ukraine.

Despite his tough words on Putin, the Quinnipiac University poll finds nearly half of Americans (49 percent) disapprove of Biden's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The numbers also do not look good for Biden with regards to his overall approval ratings.

The poll found just 38 percent of Americans approve of Biden's job as president—just shy of his all-time low of 37 percent recorded in late February.

The president also recorded a 38 percent approval rating in a Quinnipiac University poll taken between March 4 and 6.

According to FiveThirtyEight's poll of polls, Biden's average approval rating stands at 42.4 percent. While an improvement from his all-time low of 40.4 percent from the end of February, it is way down from the low to mid-50s the president was recording during his first few months in office.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,936 U.S. adults nationwide between March 10 and March 14, with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for Russian team members who won medals at the Winter Paralympic games on March 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. A poll has found that 60 percent of Americans think the Russian president is mentally unstable. Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images