Press release №2130
27.12.2018
STATE AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS: PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS

IN BRIEF

  • State Duma has a 35.5% approval rating
  • Federation Council has a 39.2% approval rating
  • Russian army has the highest rating among all public institutions – 85.8%

Approval ratings of the key state and public institutions have slightly risen in December.

MOSCOW, December 27, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to Russians’ assessments of the performance of state and public institutions.

December saw an increase in approvals of the Russian State Duma performance (from 31.4% to 35.5%), while the number of negative assessments has decreased. The Russian Federation Council saw improvements in approval rating and reached 39.2%.

Army’s approval rating has highest levels, compared to other public institutions, (86% approvals vs 6% disapprovals). The Russian Orthodox Church and law enforcement agencies are also popular (68.8% and 57%).

The Civic Chamber performance is viewed positively by 42.6% (an increase from 37.7% in November 2018) and negatively by 21.1%. The performance of political parties satisfies 33.3% of Russians; they are opposed by 37.4%. Opposition has lowest approvals compared to other public institutions (31.2%); the share of negative views (41.3%) outweighs the share of positive ones.

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on December 17, 2018. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

State institutions’ approval rating* (% respondents)
  XII. 14 XII. 15 XII. 16 XII. 17 I. 18 II.18 III. 18 IV. 18 V. 18 VI. 18 VII.18 VIII. 18 IX. 18 X. 18 XI. 18 XII. 18
Russian State Duma 48,5 51,2 52,1 52,5 39,2 42,3 43,0 42,3 47,2 34,3 31,8 33,1 34,6 35,9 31,4 35,5
Russian Federation Council 45,6 51,4 50,5 57,5 41,9 45,1 46,2 47,9 50,7 36,1 36,9 37,3 40,1 41,5 37,1 39,2

* based on the question “Do you generally approve or disapprove of the performance of…?” (closed-ended question, one answer, %)

 

State institutions’ disapproval rating * (%  respondents)
  XII. 14 XII. 15 XII. 16 XII. 17 I. 18 II.18 III. 18 IV. 18 V. 18 VI. 18 VII.18 VIII. 18 IX. 18 X. 18 XI. 18 XII. 18
Russian State Duma 26,6 32,3 33,3 32,3 28,7 32,9 29,2 33,0 33,4 41,2 44,4 45,2 44,7 42,7 49,1 47,0
Russian Federation Council 21,8 24,7 19,7 19,4 14,4 16,9 14,5 17,7 18,7 27,5 27,3 27,7 27,4 26,0 31,1 31,2

* based on the question “Do you generally approve or disapprove of the performance of…?” (closed-ended question, one answer, %)

 

Public institutions’ approval rating* (% respondents)
  XII. 14 XII. 15 XII. 16 XII. 17 I. 18 II. 18 III. 18 IV. 18 V. 18 VI. 18 VII.18 VIII. 18 IX. 18 X. 18 XI. 18 XII. 18
Russian army 69,3 83,0 87,0 91,4 85,4 86,2 89,2 86,3 88,5 86,8 84,8 87,7 85,2 85,8 85,2 86,0
Russian Orthodox Church 64,9 72,1 71,9 74,0 69,9 68,5 69,9 71,8 71,4 68,7 65,7 68,9 65,8 69,6 69,0 68,8
Law enforcement bodies 48,8 53,9 55,6 60,5 53,3 54,1 56,1 54,8 56,2 58,5 55,7 56,8 55,6 55,9 58,6 57,0
Mass media 61,0 65,7 65,4 65,7 58,9 56,0 59,3 59,6 60,9 57,8 53,3 56,2 53,6 55,5 55,7 54,4
Civic Chamber 40,6 47,6 43,0 53,6 37,3 38,9 41,9 42,8 46,3 38,4 37,4 42,2 40,5 42,8 37,7 42,6
Judicial system 39,5 42,3 43,8 43,7 32,5 34,0 34,8 35,1 37,8 35,9 34,4 37,8 35,3 37,1 38,0 37,6
Political parties 40,8 46,5 46,9 49,0 33,7 33,7 37,2 39,5 42,5 34,6 33,7 35,9 38,0 38,7 34,2 33,3
Trade unions 36,8 38,8 41,1 41,9 29,5 30,5 33,1 32,2 34,7 34,5 31,3 32,6 34,5 31,7 31,7 32,4
Opposition 30,3 34,0 34,9 38,9 27,0 29,6 30,9 28,1 34,8 30,5 29,0 31,9 31,9 32,5 29,9 31,2

* based on the question “Do you generally approve or disapprove of the performance of…?” (closed-ended question, one answer, %)

 

Public institutions’ disapproval rating * (%  respondents)
  X. 14 X. 15 X. 16 X. 17 I. 18 II. 18 III. 18 IV. 18 V. 18 VI. 18 VII.18 VIII. 18 IX. 18 X. 18 XI. 18 XII. 18
Opposition 32,5 39,5 37,0 41,2 33,6 38,5 36,8 40,5 38,9 38,4 39,1 39,4 38,6 40,1 41,6 41,3
Judicial system 33,9 37,0 37,2 38,1 33,9 36,7 33,7 37,2 36,8 37,2 35,6 35,7 38,3 36,8 36,4 37,6
Political parties 27,1 30,4 29,1 27,5 21,2 27,8 26,6 27,2 26,8 32,5 34,2 31,3 30,8 33,2 35,8 37,4
Trade unions 29,3 30,6 28,1 29,6 26,3 30,0 27,6 28,0 28,6 31,9 33,0 35,7 33,6 35,6 33,6 35,8
Mass media 21,2 24,9 25,1 24,2 23,2 26,2 25,6 25,1 24,8 26,9 31,7 29,9 31,9 30,9 31,0 34,1
Law enforcement bodies 31,4 32,9 31,4 28,4 23,6 25,9 24,6 27,0 27,2 24,0 25,6 26,5 26,5 27,0 26,4 27,4
Civic Chamber 21,6 21,2 22,7 16,8 11,4 15,5 11,3 14,5 13,8 19,3 19,0 19,0 20,0 18,2 21,9 21,1
Russian Orthodox Church 13,8 13,8 15,0 15,6 12,1 14,6 14,4 13,4 14,8 16,0 18,0 16,9 18,7 15,2 16,6 16,4
Russian army 14,7 10,0 6,3 4,1 4,4 4,7 3,7 5,1 4,4 5,7 5,9 4,8 5,4 4,9 5,4 6,0

* based on the question “Do you generally approve or disapprove of the performance of…?” (closed-ended question, one answer, %)

 

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