Vladimir Putin’s Approval Rating Skyrockets After Ukraine Invasion: Poll

Russian President Vladimir Putin has seen a significant boost in his approval rating among the Russian people after deciding to invade Ukraine, according to a new poll.

Opinion tracker Levada-Center, a respected non-government research organization, issued a press release on Wednesday. It highlighted that in March, Russians grew more supportive of the president, prime minister and government.

“In March, the approval of the main state institutions increased significantly,” the press release stated according to a Google translation. “Eighty-three percent approve the activities of the president, 71 percent of the prime minister, 70 percent of the government and 59 percent of the State Duma.”

The Levada-Center also concluded that there had been a sharp increase of those in Russia who believe the country is moving in the correct direction. In February, only 52 percent of people believed this to be correct while that figure rose to 69 percent in March.

Those believing the country was moving in the wrong direction had fallen from 38 percent in February to 22 percent in March.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with winners of state culture prizes via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2022. Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has skyrocketed after Ukraine invasion, according to a poll.
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In addition to this, the research organization issued a separate press release on Thursday reflecting on the attitudes towards the conflict with Ukraine.

“The majority of respondents support the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Among the motives of support: ‘protection of the Russian-speaking population’ and ‘border security,” the press release said, according to a Google translation.

The research organization also focused on what number of the population are paying attention to the conflict and what age they are. Of those asked, 64 percent of Russians said they closely follow the situation around Ukraine, while 35 percent said they practically do not follow it.

Of the 64 percent who said they follow the situation closely, 29 percent said they did so very carefully and 35 percent said the followed quite carefully. Of the 35 percent who said they do not follow, 27 percent follow without much attention, 8 percent do not follow at all.

“Most often, people aged 55 years and older follow the events,” the press release stated.

“Seventy-six percent of them are closely watching, from the group of 40-54 years old, 70 percent of respondents are closely following, from the group of 25-39 years old about half (51 percent), in the youngest group, 18-24 years old—43 percent.”

This increased support continues despite Putin facing international criticism for launching the invasion and underestimating the Ukrainian military.

The head of the British Armed Forces said Putin has “already lost” the conflict with Ukraine due to this misjudgment.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the chief of the defense staff, made these comments on Thursday during an event hosted by the independent think tank Institute for Government (IFG).

“Like all authoritarians, he allowed himself to be misled as to his own strength, including the effectiveness of the Russian armed forces,” Radakin said.

“In many ways, Putin has already lost. Far from being the far-sighted manipulator of events that he would have us believe. Putin has damaged himself through a series of catastrophic misjudgments.”

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