Approval and Trust

The survey took place between 19 and 22 September 2014 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 134 localities of 46 of the countrys regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 3.4%. 

In those cases when respondents were requested to chose one answer, the sum of the percentages may deviate from 100% by ± 2% as a result of rounding errors.

IS THE COUNTRY TODAY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, OR IS THE COUNTRY HEADING DOWN THE WRONG PATH?

 

The country is

moving in the right

direction

The country is

heading down

the wrong path

It is difficult

to say

2014

19-22 Sep.

62

22

17

22-25 Aug.

64

22

14

1-4 Aug.

66

19

15

Jul.

55

26

19

Jun.

62

22

17

May

60

23

17

Apr.

58

26

16

21-24 Mar.

60

26

15

7-10 Mar.

51

30

18

Feb.

47

37

16

Jan.

43

41

17

2013

Sep.

40

43

17

2012

Sep.

39

42

19

2011

Sep.

42

40

18

2010

Sep.

49

32

18

2009

Sep.

49

33

18

2008

Sep.

61

24

15

2007

Sep.

47

34

19

2006

Sep.

43

41

16

2005

Sep.

36

48

16

2004

Sep.

37

51

12

2003

Sep.

43

42

15

2002

Oct.

37

42

21

2001

Sep.

37

42

21

2000

Sep.

29

51

19

1999

Sep.

8

82

10

1998

Sep.

10

75

15

1997

Sep.

24

59

18

1996

Sep.

21

58

22

1995

Sep.

14

66

21

1994

Sep.

23

53

24

1993

Mar.

22

48

30

DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S PERFORMANCE AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?*

 

Approve

Disapprove

No answer

2014

19-22 Sep.

86 

 14

22-25 Aug.

84

15

1

1-4 Aug.

87

13

1

Jul.

85

14

1

Jun.

86

13

1

May

83

16

1

Apr.

82

17

1

21-24 Mar.

80

18

2

7-10 Mar.

72

25

3

Feb.

69

30

1

Jan.

65

34

1

2013

Sep.

64

35

1

2012

Sep.

68

31

2

2011

Sep.

68

31

2

2010

Sep.

77

21

2

2009

Sep.

81

18

1

2008

Sep.

88

10

2

2007

Sep.

79

20

1

2006

Sep.

75

22

3

2005

Sep.

70

28

2

2004

Sep.

66

31

3

2003

Sep.

75

22

3

2002

Sep.

77

20

3

2001

Sep.

74

19

7

2000

Sep.

65

27

8

* From 2008-2011 the question was given with the following wording: “Do you generally approve or disapprove of Vladimir Putin’s performance as Russia’s prime minister?”

It should be noted that, in September 2008, Russians’ approval of Vladimir Putin reached its maximum value for all of the years that the Levada Center has conducted this poll.

View the full dynamics showing how Russians’ approval of Vladmir Putin’s performance has changed since 1999 here (in Russian).

DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S PERFORMANCE AS PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?**

 

Approve

Disapprove

No answer

2014

 19-22 Sep.

 71

27 

22-25 Aug.

67

31

2

1-4 Aug.

71

27

2

Jul.

65

33

2

Jun.

67

31

2

May

66

34

1

Apr.

60

38

2

21-24 Mar.

62

35

3

7-10 Mar.

59

38

3

Feb.

54

45

2

Jan.

48

51

2

2013

Sep.

49

49

1

2012

Sep.

61

38

1

2011

Sep.

62

36

2

2010

Sep.

73

26

2

2009

Sep.

75

23

3

2008

Sep.

83

14

4

2007

Sep.

53

39

8

2006

Dec.

57

36

8

** In 2006-2007, this question was phrased as: “DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S PERFORMANCE AS FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?”

** In 2008-2011, this question was phrased as: “DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S PERFORMANCE AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?

DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT’S PERFORMANCE?

 

Approve

Disapprove

No answer

2014

19-22 Sep.

66

32

2

Aug.

62

36

2

Jul.

60

39

1

Jun.

60

39

1

May

60

39

1

Apr.

56

42

2

Mar.

58

40

2

Feb.

47

51

2

Jan.

43

56

1

2013

Sep.

41

57

1

2012

Sep.

47

51

2

2011

Sep.

48

51

2

2010

Sep.

51

45

3

2009

Sep.

58

39

4

2008

Sep.

66

31

3

2007

Sep.

38

58

3

2006

Sep.

37

57

6

2005

Sep.

31

66

4

2004

Sep.

38

54

8

2003

Sep.

33

59

8

2002

Sep.

39

51

9

2001

Sep.

39

45

16

2000

Sep.

39

50

12

DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE GOVERNOR OF YOUR REGION? (PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, in Moscow – MOSCOW MAYOR)

 

Approve

Disapprove

No answer

2014

19-22 Sep.

67

31

2

Aug.

66

33

2

Jul.

63

36

1

Jun.

65

34

1

May

63

36

1

Apr.

60

38

3

Mar.

61

37

2

Feb.

59

40

1

Jan.

54

44

2

2013

Sep.

54

46

1

2012

Sep.

57

40

3

2011

Sep.

49

47

4

2010

Sep.

52

46

3

2009

Sep.

60

38

3

2008

Sep.

64

33

3

2007

Sep.

58

39

2

2006

Sep.

58

37

5

2005

Sep.

56

40

4

2004

Sep.

48

48

3

2003

Sep.

45

44

11

2002

Sep.

51

41

8

2001

Sep.

50

33

17

2000

Sep.

49

37

14

DO YOU GENERALLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE RUSSIAN STATE DUMA?

 

Approve

Disapprove

No answer

2014

19-22 Sep.

58

39

3

Aug.

49

49

2

Jul.

53

46

1

Jun.

51

47

2

May

50 

49 

Apr.

49

49

2

Mar.

51

46

3

Feb.

39

59

2

Jan.

36

63

1

2013

Sep.

38

61

1

2012

Sep.

38

60

2

2011

Sep.

37

60

3

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

Sep.

27

58

15

PLEASE NAME 5-6 POLITICIANS OR PUBLIC FIGURES WHOM YOU TRUST THE MOST**** (an open question, the respondents themselves named the figures whom they trust)

 

2014

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Vladimir Putin

34

36

51

53

53

52

55

57

56

Sergey Shoigu

19

18

22

23

24

21

22

22

23

Dmitry Medvedev

13

14

17

16

20

14

18

18

20

Sergey Lavrov

6

6

10

17

17

15

16

12

18

Gennady Zyuganov

9

9

9

7

9

9

10

9

10

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

8

10

10

9

10

8

11

11

10

Sergey Sobyanin

3

4

4

4

5

5

4

4

6

Patriarch Kirill

5

3

4

5

5

4

4

5

5

Valentina Matviyenko

2

3

5

3

4

4

5

4

4

Sergey Mironov

3

3

4

3

3

2

3

3

3

Dmitry Rogozin

2

1

3

3

3

2

2

3

3

There are not any

19

21

12

13

11

12

13

12

11

I am not interested in politicians or politics

23

17

18

16

17

18

14

15

16

It is difficult to say

5

8

6

6

6

7

6

6

8

PLEASE NAME 5-6 POLITICIANS WHOM YOU TRUST THE LEAST **** (an open question, the respondents themselves named the figures whom they do not trust)

 

 

2014

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

15

15

15

17

13

11

11

13

13

Mikhail Prokhorov

6

7

7

7

8

8

8

8

9

Kseniya Sobchak

6

6

7

6

8

7

6

10

9

Boris Nemtsov

6

5

7

6

8

7

7

8

8

Yury Luzhkov

4

4

5

5

6

4

5

5

8

Dmitry Medvedev

10

11

7

5

6

6

6

6

7

Gennady Zyuganov

7

9

8

7

6

6

6

6

7

Mikhail Gorbachev

5

5

6

5

-

-

-

6

6

Aleksei Navalny

3

5

5

5

7

6

4

6

5

Vladimir Putin

11

11

6

5

6

4

4

5

5

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

1

1

1

<1

1

1

<1

1

5

There are not any

12

16

10

15

12

17

17

15

30

I am not interested in politicians or politics

28

22

23

22

23

23

20

20

21

It is difficult to say

21

22

24

22

23

22

24

23

4

**** The 11 most frequently named Russian politicians.

Translated by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.