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Vladimir Putin's approval rating in Russia 2000-2020

In March 2020, 63 percent of Russians approved of activities of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the previous year, the rating sharply fell to 64 percent. One of the reasons behind the decline were the pension reform and a retirement age hike, named the major domestic event of the year.

What shifted Putin’s approval rating?

Since his first presidential term started in 1999, the Russian president’s highest rating was measured at 85 percent. In 2008, as a result of the war with Georgia, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In 2014, Russia annexed the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, viewing it as a historic reunification. Despite Western sanctions that were imposed on the country in response the violation of territorial integrity of Ukraine, the approval rating remained high over the following years.

What awaits Russia after 2024?

During his state of-the-nation speech in January 2020, Vladimir Putin suggested amendments to the Russian Constitution, some of which are aimed at restructuring the executive power within the country’s administration. Regarding the amendments, 47 percent of Russians believed that they were designed to prepare the political system for the period after 2024, allowing Putin to stay in power in a role different from a president. In March 2020, an amendment was proposed to the Constitution to reset the previous presidential terms of Putin, allowing him to stay as a president until 2036. The amendments were approved in an all-Russian voting with nearly 78 percent of Russians supporting them.

Vladimir Putin's approval rating in Russia from March 2000 to March 2020*

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Russia

Survey time period

March 2000 to March 2020

Supplementary notes

* The question of the survey was the following: "Overall, do you approve or disapprove of Vladimir Putin's actions as a president (prime minister) of Russia?"

The figures were measured in March of each year.

The survey was conducted in 137 different localities of 50 regions of Russia.

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