Perceptions of Vladimir Putin

The survey took place between 2 and 5 October 2015 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 country’s 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 YOUR OPINION, WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE TRUST VLADIMIR PUTIN?

 

July

01

Aug.

03

July

05

July

09

May

11

Aug.

13

Sept.

14

Oct.

15

People believe that Putin is successfully and adequately resolving the country’s problems

14

15

16

28

26

14

38

37

People hope that Putin will be able to resolve the country’s problems in the future

43

46

36

35

38

36

36

36

People do not see another person on whom they can rely on

34

34

42

31

29

42

23

26

It is difficult to say

9

5

6

6

8

8

3

3

DO YOU AGREE WITH THE OPINION THAT THE RUSSIAN POPULATION HAS ALREADY GROWN TIRED OF WAITING FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN TO INTRODUCE POSITIVE CHANGES INTO OUR LIVES?

 

Aug.

00

Apr.

03

Apr.

05

July

10

Oct.

11

Aug.

13

Sept.

14

Oct.

15

Definitely yes

21

21

24

15

17

19

9

11

Mostly yes

29

34

39

28

35

40

29

29

Mostly no

31

31

27

31

34

25

36

33

Definitely no

12

7

6

9

6

5

14

17

It is difficult to say

8

7

4

17

8

11

12

10

DO YOU GENUINELY BELIEVE THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN IS CONCERNED WITH MAKING MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO PEOPLE’S LIVES, OR DO YOU THINK THAT IT IS THE USUAL RHETORIC OF POLITICIANS, AND NOTHING MORE THAN EMPTY PROMISES?

 

May 12

Sept. 14

Oct. 15

Putin sincerely wants to improve people’s lives, but he is unable to do so because of the resistance of the bureaucracy and a lack of a good leadership team

33

42

49

Putin sincerely wants to improve people’s lives, and he will be able to do so within the next 6 years

22

28

25

Putin makes many convincing speeches, but he does not actually plan to do the things he promises

20

15

15

Putin does not want to do anything to improve people’s live; he is only interested in retaining power and personal gain and needs support of the people on whom he relies – not the general public

11

6

6

It is difficult to say

14

9

5

WHAT RATING WOULD YOU GIVE FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA? (on a scale of 1 (lowest) – 10 (highest).

 

Sept. 99

Sept. 00

Sept. 06

Jan. 08

Oct. 10

Sept. 13

Sept. 14

Oct. 15

Lowest                       1

28

8

6

1

3

6

2

2

2

11

5

2

1

2

4

1

2

3

19

14

8

4

6

9

3

4

4

11

13

7

4

4

7

4

4

5

20

24

16

13

14

13

11

8

6

4

9

11

7

10

13

9

7

7

3

10

14

14

13

16

17

15

8

2

8

15

18

20

17

22

21

9

1

4

8

13

15

9

15

17

Highest                    10

2

7

14

25

14

7

17

20

Average

3.31

5.17

6.36

7.49

6.88

6.07

7.33

7.39

Russians are inclined to attribute their high levels of trust of the president to the fact that Putin is successfully resolving the country’s problems (37%) or that he will resolve them in the near future (36%). The view that high levels of trust in the president are due to a lack of any good alternatives (which was prominent in 2013) is held by only a quarter of respondents. The share of Russian who believe that the population has already grown tired of awaiting positive results from Putin declined from 59% in 2013 to 38% in 2014, and it remained at the same levels in the 2015 survey (this year 38% of respondents held this point of view).

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