Putin and Medvedev continue decline in polls
Both Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev have continued their decline in popularity in the latest opinion poll released by the Levada Center.
When asked if they approve or disapprove of the activities of Dmitri Medvedev as President of Russia, 63% say they approve and 35% disapprove. In May 2010, 77% approved and 21% disapproved with the polling figures showing a continuous decline in approval since.
The same is true for Vladimir Putin, with 68% approving today, down from 80% and 30% disapproving, up from 19% in May 2010.
When asked if things are going in the right direction, 44% said the country is moving in the wrong direction and 36% said things are going in the right direction.
When asked if the present government can change things for the better, 22% said yes definitely/probably yes, 36% said maybe yes/maybe no and 39% said probably not/definitely not. The May 2010 poll showed a more positive response to this question.
In the party stakes, United Russia is also seeing a slow slippage in their support. In October 2010 they had 62% support, today it has declined to 54%. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) comes second with 18% support, up from 16% in the same period. The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has 13% support, up from 9% in October 2010.