The latest sociological studies have revealed a marked decline in the Russian population’s confidence in President Vladimir Putin. The results have come to the Presidential Administration’s attention, and the department is waiting for explanations from the sociologists, Interfax reports.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that he would like to know how Putin’s confidence level can decline while at the same time his electoral rating has improved.
“We are waiting for some kind of analysis from our esteemed specialists on how these data correlate,” Peskov said, adding that the Kremlin “pays attention to all our experts’ work in this field”.
On 24 May, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center documented a record decline in Russians’ confidence in their president. According to the survey conducted in the middle of May, only 31.7% of respondents had confidence in Putin, although 65.8% of participants said that they approve of his actions as president.
According to Valery Fedorov, head of the opinion research center, this picture has emerged because the country’s citizens can no longer perceive when their lives will improve.