The tendency to reduce the number of those ready to vote for Russian President Vladimir Putin is traced according to the results of sociological polls of the Levada Center.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has lost some popularity among the population. This is evidenced by the results of a sociological survey conducted by the Levada Center Analytical Center, published on Tuesday, May 2. The results of the survey are published on the center’s website.
According to the research, if presidential elections in Russia took place next Sunday, 48 percent of respondents would be ready to vote for Putin. This result is lower than in January of last year (53 percent) and April 2015 (62 percent). In April 2014, 49 percent of respondents were ready to vote for Putin, sociologists note, referring to the previous results of the polls.
At the same time, 19 percent of the participants in this poll were undecided, 10 percent do not know, would go to vote. 13 percent assured that they would not take part in the vote. Despite the decline in the rating, Putin remains the unconditional leader in popular sympathies among likely candidates for the presidency. Following Vladimir Putin on the ratings are Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Gennady Zyuganov – three percent each. Readiness to vote for oppositionist Aleksei Navalny was expressed only by one percent of respondents. The survey was conducted from April 21 to 24, 2017. It was attended by 1600 people.
Recall, recently in many cities of Russia there was an action “Bored!”, Organized by the opposition “Open Russia”. During the rally, whose participants urged Vladimir Putin not to stand for election in the upcoming presidential election, the police detained dozens of demonstrators.
A number of experts note that when Putin begins to lose support, various incidents take place in Russia: explosions, a war is launched against neighbors.