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Approval ratings

This survey was carried out January 23–29, 2020 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1603 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%

Trends in public opinion demonstrating how Russian citizens’ approval of primary government institutions has fluctuated since 1999 can be seen in these indicators.

When the fieldwork for this survey began, the new Government had not yet been formed. Therefore, the question on approval of its activities was not given in January 2020 (it will be given monthly beginning in February).

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
2020 Jan. 52 39 10
2019 Dec. 49 43 8
Jan. 42 45 13
2018 Jan. 55 28 17
2017 Jan. 54 30 16
2016 Jan. 45 34 21
2015 Jan. 55 27 18
2014 Jan. 43 41 17
2013 Jan. 42 41 17
2012 Jan. 46 35 19
2011 Jan. 46 38 17
2010 Jan. 48 35 17
2009 Jan. 43 34 23
2008 Jan. 61 23 16
2007 Jan. 46 37 17
2006 Jan. 34 48 18
2005 Jan. 31 56 13
2004 Jan. 50 37 14
2003 Jan. 40 47 13
2002 Jan. 40 42 18
2001 Jan. 35 45 20
2000 Jan. 28 56 16
1999 Feb. 7 78 15
1998 Jan. 19 59 22
1997 Jan. 22 63 16
1996 Jan. 15 65 20
1995 Jan. 14 68 17
1994 Mar. 18 57 25
1993 Jun. 22 48 30

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

Approve Disapprove No answer
2020 Jan. 68 31 1
2019 Dec. 68 31 1
Jan. 64 34 1
2018 Jan. 80 18 2
2017 Jan. 85 14 1
2016 Jan. 82 18 1
2015 Jan. 85 15 1
2014 Jan. 65 34 1
2013 Jan. 62 37 1
2012 Jan. 65 34 1
2011 Jan. 72 25 3
2010 Jan. 78 21 2
2009 Jan. 83 14 3
2008 Jan. 86 13 1
2007 Jan. 80 19 1
2006 Jan. 71 27 2
2005 Jan. 65 32 3
2004 Jan. 79 20 2
2003 Jan. 75 22 3
2002 Jan. 75 19 6
2001 Jan. 76 18 6
2000 Jan. 79 14 7

* In 2008-2011, 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
2020 Jan. 48 37 15
2019 Dec. 38 61 1
Jan. 33 66 2
2018 Jan. 42 56 2
2017 Jan. 53 46 1
2016 Jan. 56 42 2
2015 Jan. 64 35 1
2014 Jan. 48 51 2
2013 Jan. 57 42 1
2012 Jan. 61 38 1
2008 Jan. 74 20 7
2007 Feb. 54 33 12
2006 Dec. 57 36 8

** In 2006-2008 and 2012–2019, the question was about the approval of Dmitry Medvedev.

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
2020 Jan. 67 30 3
2019 Dec. 65 33 2
Jan. 58 39 3
2018 Jan. 58 39 3
2017 Jan. 55 44 2
2016 Jan. 52 47 2
2015 Jan. 64 35 1
2014 Jan. 54 44 2
2013 Jan. 56 43 2
2012 Jan. 50 48 2
2011 Jan. 51 45 5
2010 Jan. 54 41 5
2009 Jan. 57 39 4
2008 Jan. 62 35 3
2007 Jan. 59 40 2
2006 Jan. 57 40 4
2005 Jan. 47 48 6
2004 Jan. 58 38 4
2003 Jan. 57 36 7
2002 Jan. 51 40 9
2001 Jan. 57 31 12
2000 Jul. 53 37 11

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

Approve Disapprove No answer
2020 Jan. 41 56 3
2019 Dec. 40 59 2
Jan. 33 64 3
2018 Jan. 43 55 2
2017 Jan. 45 54 1
2016 Jan. 42 57 2
2015 Jan. 49 49 2
2014 Jan. 36 63 1
2013 Jan. 36 63 1
2012 Jan. 37 61 2
2011 Jul. 34 64 1
2005 Mar. 18 68 14
2004 Aug. 24 65 11
2003 Jan. 30 60 11
2002 Jan. 27 55 18
2001 Jan. 27 57 16
2000 Jan. 23 61 17

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

The ANO Levada Center is 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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