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Trust in Politicians

This survey was carried out June 27–July 4, 2019 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1608 people age 18 or older from 137 localities in 50 regions of the Russian Federation. 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%

Trust in Politicians

PLEASE NAME THE 5–6 POLITICIANS OR PUBLIC FIGURES WHOM YOU TRUST MOST. (open question — respondents name the people they trust BY THEMSELVES; ranked in descending order according to June 2019) *

  Nov. 17 Jun. 13 Sep. 18 Mar. 19 Jun. 19
Vladimir Putin 59 48 39 41 40
Sergey Shoygu 23 18 15 16 17
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 14 14 15 16 15
Sergey Lavrov 19 14 10 14 13
Dmitry Medvedev 11 9 10 13 11
Gennady Zyuganov 10 7 8 8 9
Pavel Grudinin 7 4 5 3
Sergey Sobyanin 3 3 4 4 3
Valentina Matviyenko 2 2 1 3 3
Alexei Navalny 2 2 3 3 3
Sergey Mironov 4 2 2 2 3
Vladimir Solovyov 1 1 1 1 1
Vyacheslav Volodin <1 <1 1 1 1
Dmitry Peskov 1 1 1 1 1
Pyotr Tolstoy <1 <1 <1 <1 1
Rustam Minnikhanov <1 <1 1 1
Not interested in politics or politicians 1 1 1 1 1
There aren’t any that I trust 14 21 18 17 18
It is difficult to say/don’t know/no answer 11 12 18 16 18

* The table includes the 16 people most frequently named by respondents, with each having received ≥ 1% of the votes from the total number of respondents in June; this was a primarily open-ended question until 2017 — respondents were given a list of politicians to choose from.

Participation in Politics

SOME PEOPLE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN POLITICS, WHILE OTHERS ARE COMPLETELY DISINTERESTED IN POLITICS. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS MOST CLOSELY CORRESPONDS TO YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION? (respondents were presented with a card with a list of answers from which they could choose only one)

  I actively participate in the activities of some political party/group or actively support them I follow political events in Russia with interest, but I do not actively participate in political life I am fairly indifferent to political life in Russia, it doesn’t concern me I don’t like politics, and I don’t want to worry about it It is difficult to say
Jun. 19 3 41 27 27 3
Mar. 18 2 42 33 23 2
Feb. 18 1 44 28 22 4
Oct. 17 3 43 31 21 2
Jul. 17 2 45 31 19 4
April 17 3 47 28 20 2
Sep. 16 2 37 35 21 5
Aug. 16 3 42 35 19 3
Aug. 15 5 36 32 23 5
Aug. 14 2 40 30 23 4
Mar. 14 2 46 29 20 4
Nov. 13 1 35 40 20 4
Aug. 13 3 29 34 29 5
Jun. 13 2 35 37 24 3
Dec. 12 2 31 38 26 3
Oct. 12 2 35 38 22 3
Aug. 12 2 36 38 22 3
Jun. 12 3 38 36 21 3
April 12 2 41 35 18 4
Feb. 12 3 46 32 18 3
Dec. 11 2 50 31 15 3
Nov. 11 2 39 39 18 2

ARE YOU PERSONALLY READY TO PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN POLITICS? (one answer)

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Definitely yes 5 5 3 3 3 2 5 3 3 8 4
To some extent yes 14 14 14 14 13 17 18 15 13 17 17
Probably not 30 31 31 38 35 39 33 34 28 33 31
Definitely not 47 46 47 39 45 36 38 46 52 41 47
It is difficult to say 4 4 6 6 5 6 7 2 5 2 2

WHY DO YOU NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN POLITICS? (as a percentage of those surveyed who were personally not ready to participate more actively in politics; respondents could choose more than one answer and/or write in their own; ranked in descending order according to June 2019)

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I’m busy with my own day-to-day affairs, and I don’t have time for politics 25 23 27 25 24 20 21 28 25 28 28
I can’t change anything anyway, “it’s no use butting your head against a wall” 32 34 24 22 32 23 21 29 23 21 24
Politics isn’t for common citizens; the government concerns itself with politics 29 24 29 30 27 32 36 28 30 31 22
I don’t understand anything about politics; I don’t know how government institutions work 22 17 20 18 21 18 26 21 26 25 20
Politics is a dirty affair; I don’t want to get embroiled in it 15 10 12 11 15 16 17 13 15 10 14
I’m afraid of being persecuted by the government, it’s better to steer clear of politics 3 5 5 4 5 3 3 5 5 6 6
I don’t want to stand out amongst others: most people aren’t interested in politics 4 5 4 5 6 7 7 7 6 4 5
Other (“I’m not at the right age,” “I’m blocked by health issues, “I lack the financial means,” etc.) 5 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 2 9 7
It is difficult to say 3 3 2 2 2 <1 1 2 2 1 2

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