Posted on May 06, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin has seen his approval rating fall to its lowest level in more than two decades, the Moscow-based Levada-Centre opinion pollster said on Wednesday.
It stood at 59% in April, down from 63% a month earlier.
But Levada cautioned that a change in its polling methodology may have slightly distorted the result to Putin’s disadvantage: the poll was conducted by telephone on this occasion because of the coronavirus lockdown, rather than face-to-face, something that Levada’s Deputy Director Denis Volkov said may have clipped 1-2% off Putin’s rating.
Even taking that into account, Volkov said an outcome of 61% would still mean Putin’s approval rating was on a par with its lowest level recorded yet in 2013, a year before Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea prompted his ratings to surge.
The poll was conducted on April 24-27th and a total of 1,608 people were polled across Russia.
The Levada-Centre has attracted negative attention from the Russian authorities, notably last September when it was entered on the Ministry of Justice's register of organisations serving as foreign agents, prompting a strongly worded rebuttal from Prof. Dr. Lev Gudkov, Director of the centre.
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Director Gudkov's statement is available here in English and German. https://www.levada.ru/cp/wp-co...
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