Approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved last week the maximum values of the last two years. This is evidenced by the results of a survey published by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).
67.7 percent of Russians approved of Putin’s work as head of state
According VTsIOM, during the period 22 -23 February 2014 approving for the head of Russian state expressed 67.7 percent of respondents, while 15-16 February, this figure was recorded at 61.9 percent, reports ITAR-TASS . “This is related to the results of the Olympic Games in Sochi, as well as a comparison with the effect of political unrest and the specter of civil war in Ukraine” – experts VTsIOM believe.
Conform ria.ru: ”The Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday ended what many international spectators regarded as a triumphant Winter Games for Russia, following intense media speculation before the event about possible disruptions and even terrorist attacks”.
They also note that over the past two years, the maximum level of approval was recorded in May 2012 (68.8 percent) when was held the inauguration of Vladimir Putin new term of office. Sociologists argue that, in general, over the past few years, the level of approval of the president was always kept at a level above 60 percent. Recall, however, that Putin′s public approval reached a low of 54 percent in December 2011, as widespread street protests erupted in Moscow over alleged ballot fraud in Russia’s parliamentary elections that month.
The poll, which the center said had a margin of error no higher than 3.4 percent, was conducted among 1600 respondents across 130 cities in Russia on February 22 and 23.