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Approval ratings of government institutions

This survey took place between 18-22 August 2017 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%/75%
2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%
1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

See the full extent of how Russians’ approval of central government institutions has changed since 1999 in these indicators.

OVERALL, IS THE COUNTRY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, OR GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH?

  Moving in the right direction Going down the wrong path It is difficult to say
2017 Aug. 57 29 13
Jul. 55 29 17
Jun. 55 30 15
May 56 28 16
Apr. 51 32 17
Mar. 52 33 16
Feb. 53 31 16
Jan. 54 30 16
2016 Aug. 51 33 17
2015 Aug. 55 29 17
2014 Aug. 64 22 14
2013 Aug. 40 43 17
2012 Aug. 41 41 18
2011 Aug. 42 40 18
2010 Aug. 48 32 20
2009 Aug. 44 36 20
2008 Aug. 55 29 16
2007 Aug. 47 34 19
2006 Aug. 43 42 15
2005 Aug. 34 52 14
2004 Aug. 38 50 12
2003 Aug. 36 49 15
2002 Aug. 37 47 16
2001 Sept. 37 42 21
2000 Aug. 29 54 17
1999 Aug. 12 76 13
1998 Aug. 10 75 15
1997 Aug. 22 58 19
1996 Sept. 21 58 22
1995 Aug. 12 71 18
1994 Aug. 19 58 23
1993 Mar. 22 48 30

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2017 Aug. 83 15 1
Jul. 83 15 2
Jun. 81 18 1
May 81 18 1
Apr. 82 18 1
Mar. 82 17 1
Feb. 84 15 1
Jan. 85 14 1
2016 Aug. 82 18 1
2015 Aug. 83 17 1
2014 Aug. 84 15 1
2013 Aug. 63 36 1
2012 Aug. 63 35 2
2011 Aug. 68 30 2
2010 Aug. 78 20 2
2009 Aug. 82 16 2
2008 Aug. 83 15 2
2007 Aug. 82 16 1
2006 Aug. 78 21 1
2005 Aug. 70 27 3
2004 Aug. 68 30 3
2003 Aug. 74 23 3
2002 Aug. 76 20 5
2001 Aug. 74 19 7
2000 Aug. 65 26 10

* In 2008-2011 this question was asked using the following phrasing:  “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTIONS AS PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?”

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2017 Aug. 48 51 1
Jul. 46 52 2
Jun. 44 55 2
May 46 53 1
Apr. 44 54 2
Mar. 42 57 2
Feb. 52 47 2
Jan. 53 46 1
2016 Aug. 48 51 1
2015 Aug. 61 38 1
2014 Aug. 71 27 2
2013 Aug. 51 47 2
2012 Aug. 57 41 2
2011 Aug. 63 35 2
2010 Aug. 73 25 2
2009 Aug. 76 22 3
2008 Aug. 73 22 5
2007 Aug. 56 36 9
2006 Dec. 57 36 8

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

** In 2008-2011 this questions was asked using the following phrasing: “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
2017 Aug. 50 49 1
Jul. 49 49 2
Jun. 48 51 1
May 47 52 1
Apr. 46 53 1
Mar. 43 55 1
Feb. 49 49 2
Jan. 51 48 1
2016 Aug. 46 53 1
2015 Aug. 54 44 2
2014 Aug. 62 36 2
2013 Aug. 41 58 1
2012 Aug. 47 52 1
2011 Aug. 44 54 2
2010 Aug. 52 45 3
2009 Aug. 53 44 3
2008 Aug. 59 38 4
2007 Aug. 43 53 4
2006 Aug. 37 59 4
2005 Aug. 29 66 5
2004 Aug. 32 60 8
2003 Aug. 38 54 8
2002 Aug. 35 54 11
2001 Aug. 39 45 16
2000 Aug. 38 49 13

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2017 Aug. 52 46 2
Jul. 53 45 2
Jun. 53 46 2
May 53 46 2
Apr. 53 45 2
Mar. 48 51 2
Feb. 52 46 2
Jan. 55 44 2
2016 Aug. 53 46 1
2015 Aug. 60 38 2
2014 Aug. 66 33 2
2013 Aug. 55 43 2
2012 Aug. 55 43 2
2011 Aug. 50 45 5
2010 Aug. 54 42 4
2009 Aug. 56 41 4
2008 Aug. 58 38 3
2007 Aug. 57 40 3
2006 Aug. 58 39 4
2005 Aug. 56 37 7
2004 Aug. 51 44 5
2003 Aug. 54 39 7
2002 Aug. 48 41 11
2001 Aug. 50 33 17
2000 Aug. 53 38 9

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2017 Aug. 42 57 1
Jul. 41 57 2
Jun. 41 57 2
May 41 58 1
Apr. 42 57 1
Mar. 38 60 2
Feb. 42 57 1
Jan. 45 54 1
2016 Aug. 37 62 1
2015 Aug. 47 51 2
2014 Aug. 49 49 2
2013 Aug. 34 65 1
2012 Aug. 40 59 1
2011 Aug. 32 65 2
2005 Mar. 18 68 14
2004 Aug. 24 65 11
2003 Jan. 30 60 11
2002 Jan. 27 55 18
2001 Jul. 29 59 12
2000 Aug. 23 63 14

PLEASE NAME 5-6 POLITICIANS/PUBLIC FIGURES WHOM YOU MOST TRUST (open question – respondents named figures they trust THEMSELVES; arranged according to August 2017) ***

  2016 2017
I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII I II III IV V VI VII VIII
Vladimir Putin 58 55 60 56 53 51 53 52 49 52 59 56 56 52 52 54 56 55 57 58
Sergey Shoygu 26 26 29 26 26 24 24 24 19 24 27 23 24 22 23 23 30 26 25 30
Sergey Lavrov 20 22 27 22 20 17 21 22 17 24 25 20 21 22 21 25 26 21 21 28
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 11 12 12 12 12 13 15 12 14 12 16 13 14 14 13 15 13 12 12 13
Dmitry Medvedev 16 18 18 15 12 13 16 14 12 11 16 12 11 12 7 10 12 10 11 11
Gennady Zyuganov 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 9 7 7 8 9 9 9 8 10 8 8 7 9
Ramzan Kadyrov 3 3 6 3 4 3 4 3 2 3 5 3 3 3 4 4 6 5 4 5
Patriarch Kirill 7 6 5 4 5 3 3 3 2 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 4 5
Sergey Sobyanin 4 3 5 3 3 4 5 4 3 5 5 4 3 3 3 5 5 5 3 5
Maria Zakharova 1 1 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 4 4
Dmitry Rogozin 3 4 3 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 3 2 1 4
None 11 14 9 15 16 16 16 19 17 20 14 16 13 17 15 14 14 15 14 14
Not interested in politicians / politics 14 12 11 10 11 14 13 12 16 13 11 12 14 15 14 12 13 12 10 11
It is difficult to say 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 7 5 7 5 4 5 7 4

*** 11 most frequently mentioned Russian politicians who received > 3.5%.

 PLEASE NAME 5-6 POLITICIANS/PUBLIC FIGURES WHOM YOU TRUST THE LEAST(open question – respondents named figures they DON’T trust THEMSELVES; arranged according to August 2017) ****

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
IV VIII VIII VIII I II III VIII
Dmitry Medvedev 8 11 6 9 9 10 10 15
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 23 12 13 12 11 12 10 11
Alexei Navalny 1 4 6 5 6 5 7 9
Ksenia Sobchak 7 10 8 10 8 9 8
Grigory Yavlinsky 6 4 5 5 1 5 5 7
Mikhail Gorbachev 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 6
Gennady Zyuganov 14 7 6 8 6 7 8 6
Vladimir Putin 10 11 5 7 5 7 6 6
Mikhail Kasyanov 3 2 2 4 5 8 9 6
Mikhail Prokhorov 10 7 8 7 7 7 6 5
Mikhail Luzhkov 10 7 5 4 <1 4 5 5
None 9 14 15 12 11 14 12 12
Not interested in politicians/politics 19 25 20 18 19 18 16 17
It is difficult to say 20 21 23 23 24 23 24 19

**** 11 most frequently mentioned Russian politicians who received > 4.5%.

 **** From April 2016 through July 2017 this question was not asked as part of the Levada Center’s regularly conducted polls.

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

The ANO Levada Center has been forcibly included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.  Read the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.

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