Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval has dropped to its lowest level since he took office in 2000, a position he only left as prime minister between 2008 and 2012. This emerges from the most recent survey released by the Levada Center government on Wednesday.
According to the poll, the president’s dismissal rate has dropped to 59 percent, although the demoscopic institute warns that this time they were consulted by phone and not in person because of the coronavirus pandemic. The sample of 1,608 respondents was interviewed between April 24 and 27.
The data is below 63 percent in March and below 69 percent in January, and is far from over 80 percent between 2015 and 2018. Since 2019, Putin has seen the broad support that he enjoyed among the Russians.
Putin also sees a decline in Russian confidence in him. When asked about the five or six politicians they trust most, his name is not cited most often and is only voted by 28 percent, a decrease of seven points from 35 percent in January. In this section, Guenadi Ziuganov, the leader of the Communist Party, who has held the office since 1993, is the most valued politician.
On the other hand, 42 percent of Russians believe that the country is on the wrong track, while 42 percent believe that it is going in the right direction, and 17 percent say it is a “difficult question to answer”.