Press release №1913
29.12.2016
RATING OF POLITICAL PARTIES, CONDIFENCE IN POLITICAL LEADERS, AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES PERFORMANCE APPROVALS

IN BRIEF

  • The United Russia party approvals rating is 48.0%
  • The presidential approval is 86.8% (annual maximum)
  • The confidence in V. Putin as a political leader is 62.1%

The presidential approval ratings hit annual high.

MOSCOW, December 29, 2016.  Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the electoral rating of parties, rating of trust in politicians, and the assessments of the performance of public institutions.

The level of support for the United Russia party reached 48% on December 17-18; the results of the December 24-25 survey suggest that that the rating is the same. The LDPR support has almost not changed over a week (12.1%). The CPRF rating has strengthened (from 8.2% to 8.8%); and the rating of A Just Russia party revealed strong dynamics: after a decrease recorded on December 17-18 to 4.9%, its support level went up to 6.5% on December 24-25.

Vladimir Putin confidence rating kept growing and reached 62.1%. Confidence in Sergey Shoygu shows positive dynamics (from 11.5% to 14.0%). Sergey Lavrov (13.8%) is in the list of the top three most popular political leaders.

The public assessments of the presidential performance have increased from 85.8% to 86.8% over a week which is the highest record in 2016. According to the December 24-25 survey data, the share of Russians who approve of the performance of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 61.2%.  The government approval rating went up to 63.2% on December 24-25 after a drop to 60.9% on December 17-18.

The VCIOM survey was conducted on December 24-25, 2016  in 130 settlements, 46 regions and 8 federal districts of Russia, with a sample of 1600 persons representative of the Russian population aged 18 and over according to sex, age, education, type of settlement. The survey was conducted with multi-stage stratified sample based on general rule of walking and quotas at the final selection stage.  The margin of error (taking into account the design effect) with 95% confidence interval does not exceed 3.5%. The survey method is community-based structured face-to-face interviews. Apart from the margin of error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork should be taken into account.

Electoral rating of political parties * (% of respondents)
  10-11.XII.2016 17-18.XII.2016 24-25.XII.2016
United Russia 46.9 48.0 48.0
LDPR 12.0 12.0 12.1
CPRF 9.4 8.2 8.8
A Just Russia 6.2 4.9 6.5
Non-parliament parties 6.2 6.0 5.6
I will spoil the ballot 0.8 1.2 0.7
Don’t know 5.3 5.2 5.3
I would abstain from voting  13.3 14.3 13.0

* Regarding the question “If the Russian State Duma elections took place next Sunday, which of the following parties would you vote for?” (closed-ended question, one answer)

Confidence in political leaders * (% of respondents)
  10-11.XII.2016 17-18.XII.2016 24-25.XII.2016
Putin 59.2 61.3 62.1
Shoygu 14.3 11.5 14.0
Lavrov 14.8 14.4 13.8
Medvedev 11.4 13.7 12.6
Zhirinovsky 9.1 9.6 8.8
Zyuganov 6.4 4.9 6.4
Mironov 3.1 1.9 2.1
Navalny 0.2 0.4 0.4

* Regarding the question “We all tend to trust some people and distrust others. Speaking about the politicians, who would you entrust important public matters to? (open-ended question, any number of answers)

Non-confidence in political leaders * (% of respondents)
  10-11.XII.2016 17-18.XII.2016 24-25.XII.2016
Zhirinovsky 21.0 21.7 21.2
Medvedev 11.3 8.8 11.6
Zyuganov 9.5 10.0 10.1
Mironov 3.6 3.3 3.2
Putin 1.8 2.0 1.9
Navalny 1.1 0.9 1.9
Shoygu 0.2 0.1 0.1
Lavrov 0.1 0.1 0.1

* Regarding the question “All we tend to trust some people and distrust others. Speaking about the politicians, who would you entrust important public matters to? (open-ended question, any number of answers)

Government institutions’ approval* (% of respondents)
  10-11.XII.2016 17-18.XII.2016 24-25.XII.2016
Russian president 86.0 85.8 86.8
Russian prime minister   60.8 61.1 61.2
Russian government 62.0 60.9 63.2

* Regarding the question “Do you generally approve/disapprove…?” (closed-ended question, one answer for each institution)

Government institutions’ disapproval * (% of respondents)
  10-11.XII.2016 17-18.XII.2016 24-25.XII.2016
Russian president 10.1 9.8 9.3
Russian prime minister   29.0 28.4 29.2
Russian government 28.1 28.2 27.5

* Regarding the question “Do you generally approve/disapprove…?” (closed-ended question, one answer for each institution)

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