Vladimir Putin's approval rating falls to lowest level in two decades

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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