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Approval ratings

This survey took place between August 23–30, 2018 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 136 localities of 52 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%

Changes demonstrating how Russian citizens’ approval of primary government institutions has fluctuated since 1999 can be found in these indicators.

The presidential approval rating in August 2018, compared with July, has remained without statistically significant changes: 70% versus 67%. On the contrary, the approval ratings of the government, Dmitry Medvedev, and the State Duma are continuing to decrease.

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
2018 Aug. 45 43 12
Jul. 48 40 12
Jun. 46 42 12
May 56 27 16
Apr. 60 26 14
March 23-27 63 23 14
March 7-12 58 27 16
Feb. 54 30 16
Jan. 55 28 17
2017 Aug. 57 29 13
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

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2018 Aug. 70 30 1
Jul. 67 32 1
May 79 20 1
Apr. 82 17 1
March 23-27 81 18 1
March 7-12 80 19 1
Feb. 76 22 2
Jan. 80 18 2
2017 Aug. 83 15 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 2001-2011, the question was presented as follows: “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
2018 Aug. 28 71 1
Jul. 31 69 1
Apr. 42 57 1
March 23-27 44 55 1
March 7-12 39 59 2
Feb. 41 57 2
Jan. 42 56 2
2017 Aug. 48 51 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, the question was presented as follows: “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S ACTIONS AS FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA?”

** In 2008-2011, the question was presented as follows: “OVERALL, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF DMITRY MEDVEDEV’S ACTIONS AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA?”

In June 2018, the approval ratings of the president and government were measured according to a different scale and they totaled 65% and 34% respectively. Look here for more details.

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

  Approve Disapprove No answer
2018 Aug. 33 66 1
Jul. 37 62 1
Apr. 47 53 1
March 23-27 50 49 1
March 7-12 45 54 2
Feb. 44 54 2
Jan. 48 51 2
2017 Aug. 50 49 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
2018 Aug. 52 47 1
Jul. 55 43 2
May 56 41 3
Apr. 56 42 3
March 23-27 59 39 2
Jan. 58 39 3
2017 Aug. 52 46 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
2018 Aug. 30 68 1
Jul. 33 65 2
May 43 55 3
Apr. 41 57 2
March 23-27 44 55 2
Jan. 43 55 2
2017 Aug. 42 57 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

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

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