Barack Obama recently desperately complained about Putin's sky-high popularity levels among the Russian people. Not just that, he tried to discredit the popularity by comparing Putin to Saddam and by essentially implying that Putin's popularity "isn't real".
“When the interviewer asks him [Trump], ‘why do you support this guy [Putin]?’ He says, ‘He is a strong guy. Look, he’s got an 82 percent poll rating.’ Well, yes, Saddam Hussein had a 90 percent poll rating. If you control the media and you’ve taken away everybody's civil liberties, and you jail dissidents, that's what happens...” - Obama
In reality, all Western leaders are deeply jealous in their hearts that they don't get even half as much love from their respective populations as much Putin gets from the lovely Russian people. This jealousy, this frustration makes them angry and they try to "explain off" Putin's ratings. Look at the photos below and this full video. No Hollande, no Cameron, no Sarkozy, no Obama, no Merkel, no Blair, no Clinton and no Bush will ever get even a fraction of this kind of love and respect from their populations as Putin gets from his people. Because unlike Putin, these losers aren't true leaders. They'll continue to burn in the fireball of their internal jealousy and frustration.