Accessibility links

Breaking News

Latest Poll Shows Putin's Popularity Decreasing Sharply

A Birthday Wish For Putin: 'Many Years In Jail'
please wait

No media source currently available

0:00 0:00:35 0:00

WATCH: Activists ran along a street in St. Petersburg with a banner wishing Russian President Vladimir Putin "many years in jail" on his birthday on October 7.

A new survey shows the number of Russians who regard President Vladimir Putin as Russia's most trusted politician has fallen significantly over the past year.

The survey released on October 8 was conducted between September 20-26 by the independent pollster Levada Center and asked respondents to list five or six politicians whom they trusted the most.

Putin was first with 39 percent, and was followed by ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who each enjoyed the trust of 15 percent of Russians. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was fourth, with 10 percent.

The survey found that trust in Putin had fallen nine percentage points since June and a total of 20 percentage points since November.

A separate question found that the least trusted politician was Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, while Zhirinovsky was second with 20 percent, and Putin third with 13 percent.

Putin last week signed into law an extremely unpopular bill that will gradually increase the state retirement age to 60 for women and 65 for men.

Most ordinary Russians are deeply opposed to the reforms, which sparked rare street protests across the country.

Putin, who has been either president or prime minister since 2000, won the March presidential election with more than 76 percent of the vote.

Putin's lowest-ever rating in a Levada poll came in August 2013, when 30 percent of respondents said he was a trusted politician.

His popularity surged to more than 80 percent in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

With reporting by AFP
  • 16x9 Image


    RFE/RL journalists report the news in 27 languages in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.