Vladimir Putin

The survey took place in March 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%.

HAVE A FAVORABLE OR UNFAVORABLE IMPRESSION OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, OR DO YOU NOT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT HIM TO SAY?

 

June 01

Jan. 02

Jan. 03

Jan. 05

Feb. 06

Jan. 07

Feb. 08

May 12

Mar. 13

Feb. 14

Mar. 15

A favorable impression

58

67

74

55

70

74

81

60

52

58

73

An unfavorable impression

14

10

12

23

13

9

9

21

29

24

14

I don’t know enough about him

24

20

13

18

13

14

6

12

14

13

9

It is difficult to say

4

4

1

4

4

3

4

7

5

5

4

IN GENERAL, DO YOU SUPPORT OR NOT SUPPORT VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA, OR DO YOU NOT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THEM TO SAY?

 

June 01

Jan. 02

Jan. 03

Jan. 04

Jan. 05

Feb. 06

Jan. 07

Feb. 08

May 12

Mar. 13

Feb. 14

Mar. 15

I support his actions

57

64

69

72

49

65

70

77

57

52

56

72

I do not support his actions

17

13

15

9

25

15

11

10

24

27

27

14

I don’t know enough about it

22

18

14

16

21

17

15

9

14

17

12

10

It is difficult to say

5

6

3

4

4

4

4

4

6

4

5

4

TO WHAT EXTENT DOES VLADIMIR PUTIN HAVE AN EFFECT ON WHAT HAPPENS IN RUSSIA?

 

June 01

Jan. 02

Jan. 03

Jan. 04

Feb. 05

Feb. 06

Jan. 07

Feb. 08

May 12

Mar. 13

Feb. 14

Mar. 15

To a very large extent

8

16

11

16

7

15

19

34

23

15

16

25

Strong

27

36

34

39

28

33

36

44

43

37

44

43

Average

44

30

37

31

40

34

30

16

22

29

28

25

Weak

13

11

11

8

16

11

9

2

6

13

7

4

To a very small extent

3

2

4

2

5

4

3

0

1

2

1

<1

It is difficult to say

6

7

3

4

4

4

4

4

5

4

5

2

WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOUR FEELINGS TOWARD VLADIMIR PUTIN? (multiple answers given)

 

Mar. 00

Feb. 02

Feb. 05

Mar. 08

Jan. 11

Mar. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

Delight

3

4

3

9

3

2

6

10

Sympathy

29

30

25

41

28

18

31

37

I can’t say anything bad about him

34

37

35

34

36

30

29

30

Neutral, indifferent

11

10

14

10

18

22

15

10

 Caution, expectant

14

11

10

2

4

10

6

5

I can’t say anything good about him

5

5

8

3

5

8

7

3

 Antipathy

2

2

2

1

2

5

2

2

Disgust

<1

<1

1

<1

1

2

<1

1

It is difficult to say

4

2

2

2

3

3

4

2

TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU TRUST VLADIMIR PUTIN?

 

Mar. 00

Feb. 02

Feb. 05

Mar. 08

Jan. 11

Mar. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

I trust him entirely

15

11

13

29

12

7

16

26

I trust him somewhat

48

61

52

55

58

50

55

57

I distrust him somewhat

17

13

22

9

18

25

15

10

I don’t trust him at all

7

7

6

3

4

10

5

4

It is difficult to say

14

8

7

4

8

7

8

3

WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO VLADIMIR PUTIN? (multiple answers given)

 

Oct. 99

Mar. 02

Mar. 05

Oct. 07

Jan. 11

Jan. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

He is an energetic, decisive, strong-willed person

41

41

35

37

34

28

32

41

He is an experienced politician

7

13

17

34

31

30

36

40

He is a true leader; able to lead people well

9

13

14

22

19

14

19

25

He protects the interests of the state

-

-

-

-

16

11

18

23

He is a far-sighted politician

6

11

10

15

16

10

16

23

He ensures stability in the country

10

14

15

23

13

16

15

17

I support his foreign policy

-

-

-

-

6

8

18

16

He is able to compromise and unite various political forces

5

11

11

11

7

6

11

11

He is respected by people around me

8

16

15

17

14

6

9

11

He is a man of principle

9

12

9

7

8

7

7

6

He is a good-looking man

10

14

18

13

8

12

7

6

I support his policy in the North Caucasus

24

6

6

3

3

3

4

5

He is an honest, decent, and unselfish person

6

11

12

14

7

4

3

5

He understands the needs of ordinary people

4

12

8

8

8

4

3

3

He can bring order to the country

21

21

15

18

-

-

-

-

Other

1

1

2

1

2

2

1

1

Difficult to say/Nothing

24

18

16

9

16

26

15

11

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT VLADIMIR PUTIN? (multiple answers given)

 

Oct. 99

Mar. 02

Mar. 05

Oct. 07

Jan. 11

Jan. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

He is associated with big business

-

-

-

-

9

17

19

21

He is associated with corrupt politicians

2

7

9

4

6

16

18

19

He doesn’t have a clear political line

5

13

14

4

4

7

3

8

He doesn’t understand the people’s interests

3

3

7

6

6

10

9

7

All of his actions are done only to increase his own popularity

5

10

10

4

5

12

6

5

He can’t cope with the country’s leadership

3

5

13

3

5

12

4

4

He is not respected by people around me

2

3

3

2

4

5

3

3

He is too rigid of a politician

6

3

4

2

3

4

4

2

He is not a far-sighted politician

2

3

6

3

3

4

2

2

He is a weak and indecisive person

1

4

5

2

2

3

2

2

He is unable to compromise

3

2

4

2

2

3

1

2

He does not have bright political qualities

8

7

7

3

3

4

1

2

He is not able to lead people

4

2

5

1

2

3

2

1

He is not a good-looking man

5

3

2

1

2

2

1

1

He is an unprincipled person

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

He is associated with Yeltsin and his followers

16

29

20

12

-

-

-

-

He has only served as a general and in the special service

-

9

-

6

-

-

-

-

Other

4

3

4

6

5

6

3

6

Difficult to say/Nothing

53

42

38

62

58

41

49

51

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN MANAGED TO ACCOMPLISH DURING HIS YEARS IN POWER? (multiple answers given)

 

Aug. 10

Feb. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

Return Russia to its status as a great and respected world power

36

36

51

49

Stabilize the situation in the North Caucasus

12*

17

25

34

Ease separatist sentiments, prevent Russia from collapsing

-

24

27

33

Raise salaries, pensions, stipends, and allowances

43

28

25

29

Deal with the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis

-

19

19

29

Keep Russia on the path of reform

22

22

16

24

Uphold law and order

17

11

9

18

Ensure close ties with countries in the CIS

20

16

13

15

Continue reforms, but with greater attention to social protections

22

10

12

14

Overcome the economic crisis and stop the decline in production

18

14

12

10

Return means of living to ordinary people that had been lost over the course of reforms

11

5

3

5

Ensure a just income distribution that is in the interest of ordinary people

5

3

2

4

None of the listed answers

6

9

6

5

It is difficult to say

5

8

10

6

*The variant was given in the following format: “End the war in Chechnya”

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN BEEN UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH DURING HIS YEARS IN POWER? (multiple answers given)

 

Aug. 10

Feb. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

Ensure a just income distribution that is in the interest of ordinary people

31

43

35

39

Return means of living to ordinary people that had been lost over the course of reforms

26

36

31

34

Overcome the economic crisis and stop the decline in production

24

22

24

23

Uphold law and order

15

25

24

22

Raise salaries, pensions, stipends, and allowances

11

23

23

15

Continue reforms, but with greater attention to social protections

10

16

14

14

Return Russia to its status as a great and respected world power

13

20

9

13

Ensure close ties with countries in the CIS

10

10

10

10

Stabilize the situation in the North Caucasus

22

22

11

6

Ease separatist sentiments, prevent Russia from collapsing

-

8

5

6

Deal with the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis

-

10

5

6

Keep Russia on the path of reform

6

8

5

4

None of the listed answers

4

4

4

4

It is difficult to say

13

8

15

15

“-“ –The variant was not included.

IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THE FACT THAT POWER IS CONCENTRATED ALMOST ENTIRELY IN THE HANDS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN BENEFIT RUSSIA, OR DOES IT PROMISE BAD THINGS FOR RUSSIA?

 

Mar. 04

May 06

May 07

July 09

Mar. 12

Mar. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

It benefits Russia

68

63

66

63

53

49

63

70

It promises bad things for Russia

20

20

17

16

26

33

19

15

It is difficult to say

13

17

17

21

21

18

18

15

IN YOUR OPINION, SHOULD RUSSIAN CITIZENS HAVE ACCESS TO COMPLETE AND OBJECTIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THE HEAD OF STATE, OR IS THAT PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE MADE PUBLIC?

 

Nov. 12

Aug. 13

Mar. 15

Russian citizens should have access to complete and objective information about the health of the President of the country

46

60

39

The health of the President of the country is private and confidential information which should not be made public

38

29

51

It is difficult to say

17

12

10

HOW WOULD YOU EVALUATE THE CURRENT HEALTH OF VLADIMIR PUTIN?

 

Nov. 12

Mar. 15

Very good

5

13

Good

35

42

Average

22

24

Bad

4

1

Very bad

<1

<1

It is difficult to say

35

20

IN YOUR OPINION, IS VLADIMIR PUTIN TOUGH ENOUGH, NOT TOUGH ENOUGH, OR TOO TOUGH AS A POLITICIAN?

 

Jan. 00

Mar. 15

Tough enough

56

50

Not tough enough

23

38

Too tough

4

3

It is difficult to say

17

9

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW WELL HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN BEEN DEALING WITH THE RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?

 

Oct. 99*

Feb. 00

Jan. 04

Nov. 06

Oct. 09*

Mar. 15

1 Completely unsatisfactorily

3

3

3

4

2

3

2

8

5

8

5

7

4

3

29

26

30

23

26

15

4

32

34

41

41

38

38

5 Very successfully

11

21

16

25

22

38

Average

3,49

3,71

3,60

3,79

3,74

4,0

It is difficult to say

17

12

2

2

5

2

*With the responsibilities as head of State

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW WELL HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN MANAGED TO RESOLVE THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN RUSSIA?

 

Oct. 99

Feb. 00

Jan. 04

Nov. 06

Oct. 09

Mar. 15

1 Completely unsatisfactorily

6

5

5

5

4

7

2

17

13

14

12

12

15

3

34

35

42

39

36

34

4

17

23

28

29

31

30

5 Very successfully

4

8

8

8

12

11

Average

2,96

3,20

3,18

3,25

3,37

3,23 

It is difficult to say

21

16

4

5

5

3

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW WELL HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN MANAGED TO RESOLVE FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES?

 

Oct. 99

Feb. 00

Jan. 04

Nov. 06

Oct. 09

Mar. 15

1 Completely unsatisfactorily

3

3

3

4

2

2

2

9

6

6

5

5

6

3

31

26

28

21

22

18

4

27

33

39

39

41

37

5 Very successfully

8

12

17

25

25

32

Average

 

3,37

3,56

3,62

3,83

3,87

It is difficult to say

22

21

6

7

7

4

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW WELL HAS VLADIMIR PUTIN MANAGED TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS WITH UKRAINIAN RELATIONS AND SANCTIONS?

 

Mar. 15

1 Completely unsatisfactorily

5

2

9

3

28

4

32

5 Very successfully

20

Average

3,57

It is difficult to say

6

HOW DO YOU RELATE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ANNOUNCEMENT DURING THE FILM “CRIMEA. THE ROAD  TO HOME” THAT HE GAVE ORDERS DURING THE CRIMEAN OPERATIONS TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF NECESSARY?

I approve; this is the only way to talk with the West – they only understand you when you come from a position of strength

50

With dismay and disapproval; this kind of blackmail is unacceptable for such a high-ranking leader

27

It is difficult to say

23

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