Russian President Vladimir Putin reached 80% approval this weekan index similar to the one obtained after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, according to a survey known this Saturday.
The survey, conducted by the Public Opinion Research Center (Vciom), shows that support for the president would have increased 13.5 points since February 20, four days before the start of the war in Ukraine, when he had 67.2% approval, reported the Europa news agency Press.
The Russians would thus be supporting Putin’s position during the invasion of Ukraine, despite the criticism and sanctions that the Kremlin has received from the international community, in the same way that happened in 2014 after the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, when the leader of the Kremlin increased eight points in approval in a few weeks.
On the other hand, 64.4% of the participants in the survey – in which 600 respondents from at least 80 regions of the Russian Federation have contributed – expressed their approval of the actions of the Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin.
The main leader of the opposition, Guennadi Ziuganov, of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (PCFR), only summoned 34.2% support among those consulted.
During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020, Putin reached 73.9% support, a mark that later stabilized at 70% and remained unchanged for a year.
In 2008, Putin reached 85% support, the highest number of support ever achieved by a Russian leader, according to the Lavender Center, responsible for the 2014 survey.