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Vladimir Putin's approval rating in Russia monthly 1999-2021

In February 2021, 65 percent of Russians approved of activities of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the previous month, that share was slightly lower, which could be explained by the growing dissatisfaction toward the arrest and sentence of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny. In October of the previous year, the rating was higher at 69 percent. In February and March 2019, one of the reasons behind the decline were the pension reform and a retirement age hike.

What shifted Putin’s approval rating?

Since his first presidential term started in 2000, Vladimir Putin's highest approval rating was measured at 88 percent, when he was the country's prime minister. 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.

Do you approve of the activities of Vladimir Putin as the president (prime minister) of Russia?

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

August 1999 to February 2021

Supplementary notes

Vladimir Putin was the prime minister of Russia from August 9, 1999 to May 7, 2000 (also the acting president from December 31, 1999 to May 7, 2000) and from May 8, 2008 to May 7, 2012.

The source specified the following information: "Until March 2020, the survey was conducted via personal interviews in the respondents’ homes (face-to-face). In April – June 2020, the survey was conducted via phone interviews (CATI)."

The latest survey was conducted on February 18-24, 2021 with 1,601 participants aged 18 years and older in 137 localities in 50 federal subjects of Russia (face-to-face).

The methodology of the study can be accessed here.

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