Vladimir Putin: successes and failures, his strengths

The survey took place between 22 and 25 August 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 which of these areas was Vladimir Putin most successful?

 

Principle Achievements*

Other

achievements**

All

achievements***

strengthening Russia’s position in the international arena

13

17

30

establishing order in the country, ensuring a calm political environment

9

19

29

strengthening Russia’s military capability, reforming the armed forces

8

21

28

increasing optimism and hope for a quick improvement of the way things stand in the country

9

17

26

improving the quality of life of citizens, salary and pension growth

11

14

25

resolving the Chechen problem

7

16

23

economic development of the country

12

9

22

cooperation with other CIS countries

4

13

17

fight against corruption and bribery

3

10

13

curbing “oligarchs” and limiting their influence

3

8

11

creating an economic and political environment conducive to the development of private business

2

8

10

eliminating the danger of terrorism in the country

2

7

9

fighting crime

1

5

6

improving Russia’s relations with the West

1

4

5

improving relations between people of different ethnicities in Russia

<1

4

4

defending democracy and citizens’ political freedoms 

<1

2

3

strengthening morality and ethics in the country

<1

2

2

other

1

<1

1

I don’t see any achievements

8

8

16

it is difficult to say

6

9

15

*What do you consider to be Vladimir Putins main accomplishment during his years in power? (one answer)

**In which of these areas was Vladimir Putin most successful? (multiple responses are possible)

***The sum of the values of main accomplishment and other accomplishments was calculated in Excel with decimal numbers. Values on the website are rounded off, therefore a discrepancy of ± 1% is not a mistake.

In which of these areas were Vladimir Putin’s policies most successful, and in which were they least successful?

 

All

accomplishments

Failures

Difference****

strengthening Russia’s position in the international arena

30

4

26

establishing order in the country, ensuring a calm political environment

28

3

25

strengthening Russia’s military capability, reforming the armed forces

29

5

24

increasing optimism and hope for a quick improvement of the way things stand in the country

26

4

21

improving the quality of life of citizens, salary and pension growth

23

5

18

resolving the Chechen problem

17

4

13

economic development of the country

25

15

11

cooperation with other CIS countries

22

11

10

fight against corruption and bribery

9

4

5

curbing “oligarchs” and limiting their influence

10

6

4

creating an economic and political environment conducive to the development of private business

3

2

1

eliminating the danger of terrorism in the country

4

4

0

fighting crime

5

6

-1

improving Russia’s relations with the West

6

7

-1

improving relations between people of different ethnicities in Russia

11

15

-4

defending democracy and citizens’ political freedoms 

2

13

-11

strengthening morality and ethics in the country

13

28

-15

other

1

1

1

I don’t see any accomplishments

16

6

10

it is difficult to say

15

18

-4

****The difference between all accomplishments and failures was calculated in Excel with decimal numbers. Values on the website are rounded off, therefore, a discrepancy of ± 1% is not a mistake.

 

Data Over Time

Vladimir Putin’s accomplishments during his years in power… (multiple responses are possible)

 

Mar. 04

Mar. 06

Mar. 08

Jul. 10

Feb. 12

Aug 14

strengthening Russia’s position in the international arena

19

25

26

26

25

30

establishing order in the country, ensuring a calm political environment

18

19

25

22

19

29

strengthening Russia’s military capability, reforming the armed forces

10

9

14

11

15

28

increasing optimism and hope for a quick improvement of the way things stand in the country

27

24

27

26

19

26

improving the quality of life of citizens, salary and pension growth

38

28

36

40

29

25

resolving the Chechen problem

10

10

20

12

16

23

economic development of the country

20

15

35

24

23

22

cooperation with other CIS countries

16

16

14

19

12

17

fight against corruption and bribery

13

8

9

9

7

13

curbing “oligarchs” and limiting their influence

18

13

8

9

10

11

creating an economic and political environment conducive to the development of private business

12

7

10

13

12

10

eliminating the danger of terrorism in the country

3

6

10

6

9

9

fighting crime

8

7

7

7

5

6

improving Russia’s relations with the West

21

25

20

29

17

5

improving relations between people of different ethnicities in Russia

3

7

5

6

5

4

defending democracy and citizens’ political freedoms 

6

8

4

4

5

3

strengthening morality and ethics in the country

2

3

3

4

3

2

other

1

2

1

1

1

1

I don’t see any accomplishments

24

28

10

17

30

16

it is difficult to say

19

20

20

23

19

15

Vladimir Putin’s failures during his time in power… (multiple responses are possible)

 

Mar. 04

Mar. 06

Mar. 08

Jul. 10

Feb. 12

Aug 14

strengthening Russia’s position in the international arena

28

28

32

37

38

28

establishing order in the country, ensuring a calm political environment

19

16

18

24

20

15

strengthening Russia’s military capability, reforming the armed forces

21

20

17

13

21

15

increasing optimism and hope for a quick improvement of the way things stand in the country

13

16

14

16

15

13

improving the quality of life of citizens, salary and pension growth

18

16

8

12

14

11

resolving the Chechen problem

25

18

17

18

13

7

economic development of the country

3

3

3

3

4

6

cooperation with other CIS countries

4

4

3

5

7

6

fight against corruption and bribery

34

18

7

10

10

5

curbing “oligarchs” and limiting their influence

10

8

4

6

7

5

creating an economic and political environment conducive to the development of private business

3

4

3

2

4

4

eliminating the danger of terrorism in the country

7

5

6

4

7

4

fighting crime

6

7

4

4

5

4

improving Russia’s relations with the West

24

9

4

9

6

4

improving relations between people of different ethnicities in Russia

3

4

3

3

5

4

defending democracy and citizens’ political freedoms 

6

6

3

4

5

3

strengthening morality and ethics in the country

3

2

3

3

3

2

other

<1

1

1

1

2

1

I don’t see any accomplishments

2

4

2

4

6

6

it is difficult to say

10

12

20

16

9

18

On which segment of the population do you think Vladimir Putin relies most heavily? (multiple responses are possible)

 

Oct 00

Jul

03

Jul05

Oct10

Sep11

Aug

14

“siloviki”: employees of the special forces, the armed forces, and the Ministry of the Interior

54

51

51

35

47

45

“oligarchs”, bankers, major entrepreneurs

24

27

25

31

42

37

state officials, bureaucracies

12

21

26

25

36

29

“the directors’ corpus”: the heads of major enterprises

16

21

23

23

30

24

the middle class: people with a decent income 

10

19

23

21

25

21

Yeltsin’s former inner circle: “the family”

25

25

20

11

15

10

“common people”:  workers, public servants, farmers 

12

15

18

17

12

13

cultural and scientific elite

4

9

11

8

12

12

the intelligentsia

5

9

12

9

11

10

“lumpens”: poor people, fallen people

<1

<1

1

1

1

1

on each segment without exception

5

7

5

8

8

11

it is difficult to say

13

11

12

12

10

13

In your opinion, which segment of the population’s interests does Vladimir Putin express? (multiple responses are possible)

 

Oct

00

Mar

02

Apr

04

Sep

06

Aug

07

Oct

10

Jan

12

Aug

14

“siloviki”: employees of the special forces, the armed forces, and the Ministry of the Interior

54

33

37

34

39

34

37

39

“oligarchs”, bankers, major entrepreneurs

24

25

20

23

18

26

36

30

state officials, bureaucracies

12

23

22

21

19

24

26

24

the middle class: people with a decent income

10

23

26

24

31

27

27

22

“the directors’ corpus”: the heads of major enterprises

16

18

15

12

13

18

21

19

“common people”:  workers, public servants, farmers 

12

17

20

18

24

20

18

13

cultural and scientific elite

4

7

6

7

10

10

9

10

Yeltsin’s former inner circle: “the family”

25

21

17

13

13

11

15

9

the intelligentsia

5

6

7

7

10

10

8

9

“lumpens”: poor people, fallen people

<1

1

1

1

1

1

<1

1

all segments without exception

5

10

11

9

11

7

7

14

it is difficult to say

13

12

8

12

13

13

9

15

To what degree does Vladimir Putin influence what is happening in Russia?

 

very strong

strong

average

weak

very weak

it is

difficult to say

Aug14

35

46

16

2

<1

2

May14

28

44

20

5

1

3

Feb14

16

44

28

7

1

5

Nov13

15

40

27

11

2

5

Aug13

14

39

29

11

1

7

May13

12

40

29

11

2

5

Mar13

15

37

29

13

2

4

Nov12

14

37

30

12

3

5

Aug12

14

39

29

8

2

8

May12

23

43

22

6

1

5

Apr08

26

50

17

4

1

2

Feb08

34

44

16

2

<1

4

Oct07

20

41

28

7

1

4

Jul 07

26

39

26

6

1

2

Apr07

18

42

27

8

2

3

Jan07

19

36

30

9

3

4

Oct06

9

36

35

13

3

5

Jul 06

18

37

30

10

2

2

Apr06

9

27

38

17

3

6

Feb06

15

33

34

11

4

4

Oct05

6

29

42

15

4

4

Jul 05

8

27

37

18

6

4

Apr 05

7

31

39

15

6

3

Jan05

7

28

40

16

5

4

Jul 04

17

30

34

12

5

3

Apr 04

8

31

38

14

5

4

Jan 04

16

39

31

8

2

4

Oct 03

10

30

37

14

4

6

Jul 03

9

33

43

9

3

3

May03

9

26

40

17

5

4

Jan03

11

34

37

11

4

3

Jul 02

8

28

36

16

5

7

Apr 02

7

33

41

13

2

5

Jan 02

16

36

30

11

2

7

Oct01

12

32

33

13

2

9

Jul01

8

27

37

15

4

10

Jun01

6

26

43

12

5

9