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This survey took place between 21-24 October 2016 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people over the age of 18 in 137 localities of 48 of the country’s regions.  The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

                3.4% for indicators around 50%

                2.9% for indicators around 25%

                2.0% for indicators around 10%

                1.5% for indicators around 5%

DO YOU THINK THAT OVERALL RUSSIA IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OR TRAVELING DOWN THE WRONG PATH?

  Moving in the right direction Traveling down the wrong path It is difficult to say
2016 Oct. 55 30 16
Sept. 50 32 19
Aug. 51 33 17
Jul. 46 37 17
Jun. 50 33 18
May 49 33 18
Apr. 50 32 19
Mar. 51 30 19
Feb. 51 34 15
Jan. 45 34 21
2015 Oct. 61 25 14
2014 Oct. 60 23 17
2013 Oct. 40 43 18
2012 Oct. 43 39 18
2011 Oct. 43 38 19
2010 Oct. 47 34 19
2009 Oct. 49 34 17
2008 Oct. 54 27 19
2007 Oct. 51 33 17
2006 Oct. 38 44 18
2005 Oct. 34 48 19
2004 Oct. 39 50 11
2003 Oct. 42 40 18
2002 Oct. 44 37 19
2001 Oct. 45 39 16
2000 Oct. 28 52 20
1999 Oct. 10 76 14
1998 Oct. 5 78 17
1997 Oct. 21 59 20
1996 Oct. 19 61 20
1995 Oct. 16 61 24
1994 Oct. 23 53 24
1993 Mar. 22 48 30

OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?*

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2016 Oct. 84 16 <1
Sept. 82 18 1
Aug. 82 18 1
Jul. 82 17 1
Jun. 81 18 1
May 80 19 1
Apr. 82 17 1
Mar. 82 17 1
Feb. 81 19 1
Jan. 82 18 1
2015 Oct. 88 12 1
2014 Oct. 88 11 1
2013 Oct. 64 35 1
2012 Oct. 67 32 1
2011 Oct. 66 31 3
2010 Oct. 77 20 3
2009 Oct. 78 20 2
2008 Oct. 83 14 4
2007 Oct. 82 16 2
2006 Oct. 77 22 1
2005 Oct. 71 26 4
2004 Oct. 72 26 2
2003 Oct. 73 24 3
2002 Oct. 77 19 4
2001 Oct. 75 19 6
2000 Oct. 64 26 11

* From 2008-2011 this question was given in the following form: “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS AS PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?”

See full diagram of changes in Russian citizens’ approval/disapproval of Vladimir Putin’s actions since 1999 here

OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S ACTIONS AS PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?**

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2016 Oct. 48 51 1
Sept. 48 51 1
Aug. 48 51 1
Jul. 55 44 1
Jun. 51 48 2
May 54 45 2
Apr. 54 44 2
Mar. 53 46 2
Feb. 58 41 2
Jan. 56 42 2
2015 Oct. 62 37 2
2014 Oct.  68 30 2
2013 Oct. 51 49 1
2012 Oct. 61 38 2
2011 Oct. 62 35 3
2010 Oct. 76 22 2
2009 Oct. 72 24 3
2008 Oct. 76 18 6
2007 Oct. 57 35 9
2006 Dec. 57 36 8

 ** From 2006-2007 this question was given in the following form: “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S ACTIONS AS FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?”

** From 2008-2011 this question was given in the following form: “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S ACTIONS AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?”

OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT?

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2016 Oct. 47 52 1
Sept. 43 55 2
Aug. 46 53 1
Jul. 51 48 1
Jun. 48 51 1
May 49 49 2
Apr. 49 50 1
Mar. 48 51 1
Feb. 51 47 2
Jan. 50 48 2
2015 Oct. 56 43 1
2014 Oct. 64 34 2
2013 Oct. 44 56 1
2012 Oct. 50 49 2
2011 Oct. 47 51 2
2010 Oct. 55 41 4
2009 Oct. 52 44 4
2008 Oct. 59 35 6
2007 Oct. 46 50 5
2006 Oct. 40 57 4
2005 Oct. 31 65 5
2004 Oct. 37 55 8
2003 Oct. 37 56 7
2002 Oct. 45 46 9
2001 Oct. 55 35 10
2000 Oct. 49 40 12

OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE ACTIONS OF YOUR OBLAST’S GOVERNOR (THE PRESIDENT OF YOUR REPUBLIC, IN MOSCOW – THE MAYOR OF MOSCOW)?

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2016 Oct. 52 47 2
Sept. 51 48 2
Aug. 53 46 1
Jul. 55 44 1
Jun. 51 48 1
May 55 43 2
Apr. 48 50 3
Mar. 49 49 2
Feb. 55 43 2
Jan. 52 47 2
2015 Oct. 61 38 2
2014 Oct. 68 30 2
2013 Oct. 55 45 1
2012 Oct. 58 40 2
2011 Oct. 56 41 3
2010 Oct. 56 39 5
2009 Oct. 56 40 4
2008 Oct. 58 36 6
2007 Oct. 59 38 4
2006 Oct. 59 39 2
2005 Oct. 57 39 5
2004 Oct. 49 47 4
2003 Oct. 50 43 8
2002 Oct. 54 37 9
2001 Oct. 55 35 10
2000 Oct. 49 40 12

OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE RUSSIAN STATE DUMA?

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2016 Oct. 40 59 1
Aug. 37 62 1
Jul. 42 58 1
Jun. 41 57 2
May 42 56 1
Apr. 41 57 2
Mar. 40 59 1
Feb. 45 54 2
Jan. 42 57 2
2015 Oct. 50 48 2
2014 Oct. 56 42 3
2013 Oct. 39 60 1
2012 Oct. 41 57 2
2011 Oct. 39 59 2
2005 Mar. 18 68 14
2004 Oct. 28 64 8
2003 Jan. 30 60 11
2002 Jan. 27 55 18
2001 Jul. 29 59 12
2000 Sept. 27 58 15

PLEASE NAME 5-6 POLITICIANS, PUBLIC FIGURES WHOM YOU MOST TRUST (open question – respondents name figures they trust THEMSELVES) ***

  2013 2014 2015 2016
X X X XI XII I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Vladimir Putin 33 60 60 57 60 58 55 60 56 53 51 53 52 49 52
Sergey Shoygu 17 26 23 26 23 26 26 29 26 26 24 24 24 19 24
Sergey Lavrov 5 19 19 18 21 20 22 27 22 20 17 21 22 17 24
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 8 12 10 9 11 11 12 12 12 12 13 15 12 14 12
Dmitry Medvedev 14 20 19 16 17 16 18 18 15 12 13 16 14 12 11
Gennady Zyuganov 10 11 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 9 7 7
Sergey Sobyanin 6 4 4 3 3 4 3 5 3 3 4 5 4 3 5
Ramzam Kadyrov 4 5 4 3 3 6 3 4 3 4 3 2 3
Sergey Mironov 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 5 4 4 6 3 3
Patriarch Kirill 3 6 5 4 5 7 6 5 4 5 3 3 3 2 3
Valentina Matvienko 3 4 3 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 3
None 22 12 11 10 11 11 14 9 15 16 16 16 19 17 20
Not interested in politicians, politics 20 14 14 15 13 14 12 11 10 11 14 13 12 16 13
It is difficult to say 6 6 6 8 6 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 6

*** The 11 most-named Russian politicians, who received 3%

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly  Monterey Institute of International Studies).

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