Public sentiment in October

In October, the mood began to gradually recover from the stress caused by the announcement of partial mobilization. Men, supporters of the authorities, as well as the youngest and wealthiest respondents are more likely to speak about a positive mood.

In October, the mood began to gradually recover from the great amount of stress caused by the announcement of partial mobilization. The number of Russians who talk about “great mood” has increased to 10% (from 7% in September), about “normal, stable condition” – to 53% (from 45% in September). In addition, the share of those who talk about “tension and irritation” has decreased (from 32% to 27%) and about “fear and longing” (from 15% to 9%). In general, the balance of positive and negative assessments in October was 63% versus 36% (52% versus 47% last month).

Respondents aged 18-24 (75% in the group), those who can afford durable goods (68%) and those who approve of the president’s activities (70%) most often spoke about their excellent or normal condition. In addition, positive assessments of their mood are characteristic of men (73%) and respondents who trust information from TV from and social networks (about 68%).

More negative assessments of their own mood are characteristic of respondents 55 years and older (about 45% of them here), those who barely can afford food (44%). Also, women (44%) and respondents who trust information from Telegram channels and do not trust anyone (43% each) are more likely to talk about a negative mood. Among those who disapprove of the president’s activities, negative sentiments prevail (62%).


The survey by the Levada Center was conducted October 20 – 26 2022, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1604 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 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 total number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample 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%

The ANO Levada Center is included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.


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