Press release №2355
20.08.2021
DIRECT LINE WITH Vladimir Putin: first assessments

IN BRIEF

  • 68% of respondents liked the Q&A session and the way the president answered the questions
  • 62% of respondents consider that Vladimir Putin understands the current situation in the country and people’s problems.

July 1, 2021. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the results of focus groups conducted during the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin held on June 30.

2021 Direct Line

During the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin VCIOM conducted a series of focus groups in different subjects of the Russian Federation where participants were watching the Q&A session live. Focus groups were conducted after the participants watched the Q&A session.

The overall assessment of the Putin’s Q&A session based on a ten-point scale is 6.84. More than half of focus group respondents (68%) are likely to have favored the session and the way the president answered the questions; 28% did not. 

For two-thirds of focus group participants the Putin’s answers were interesting to listen to (62%). Every fourth respondent (26%) was interested in a certain part of the session; 12% say the entire session was not interesting to them.

Every second participant (50%) perceived the president’s Q&A session in a positive way (47% in 2019). The top three positive emotions include hope, respect and trust. Less than one-third of respondents cited only negative emotions such as anxiety, disappointment and irritation.

According to 57% of respondents, the president talked about problems and issues that touch them personally; 33% say  that he talked about problems that do not touch them personally (33%, 6 p.p. lower than in 2019).

Two-thirds of focus group participants consider that Vladimir Putin understands the current situation and the problems of people like the president himself (62%); 25% oppose them.

According to 68% of focus group participants, it was interesting to V.Putin to answer the questions of Russians; 15% oppose this opinion.

The share of those who think that most of problems discussed in the Direct Line will be solved is   35%. Forty-two percent of respondents say that some problems will be solved, some not. Twenty-one percent of respondents think that most of tasks and problems will not be solved.

Thus, most of the president’s Q&A session assessments are positive and higher than the previous study assessments (Direct Line, 2019).

Ten focus groups were conducted on June 30, 2021 in the framework of the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin”. Focus groups took place in administrative centers and medium-sized cities across different subjects of the Russian Federation. A total of 123 Russian citizens aged 18 and older took part in the survey. 

Findings based on focus group discussions is for reference only and do not represent the entire Russian population to be studied in further quantitative research. Results of similar focus group discussions conducted by VCIOM during the 2019 Direct Line with the president are also cited for reference.

ASSESMENTS OF V.PUTIN’S Q&A SESSION*  (average score on a 10-point scale)    
  2019 2021
Average 6.62 6,84
Did you like the Putin’s performance, the way V.Putin answered the questions, or not?** (% of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
Definitely yes 22 27
Definitely not 44 41
Rather not 20 21
Definitely not 7 7
Don’t know 7 4

 

When you watched the Direct Line were you interested in what V.Putin was talking about, his answers to the questions, or not? (%  of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
All the session was interesting 16 19
Most of the session was interesting 38 43
Only part of the session was interesting 35 26
In general, the session was not interesting 11 12

 

You have watched the Direct Line where V.Putin answered the questions of Russians. In general, what emotions did the Putin’s Q&A session evoke within you? (%  of total focus group participants, not more than 3 answers)
  2019 2021
Hope 45 43
Respect 31 32
Trust 25 25
Pride 11 13
Confidence in future 10 12
Anxiety 16 18
Disappointment   23 15
Irritation 15 14
Concern 14 14
Indignation, discontent 14 13
Indifference 12 14
Other feeling s 4 2
Don’t know 1 4
 
In your opinion, did the president talk about problems and questions that touch you personally, or did he talk about the problems that may touch many other people but not you? (%  of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
He talked about problems that touch me 53 57
He talked about important problems that touch many people but not me 39 33
Don’t know 8 10
 
Based on the president’s Q&A session, do you think the president understands the real situation in the country and problems of people like you, or not?  (%  of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
He understands the real situation and problems of people like me 58 62
He does not understand the real situation and problems of people like me 31 25
Don’t know 11 13

 

In your opinion, was it interesting to V.Putin to answer the questions of Russians or not? (%  of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
It was interesting to V.Putin to answer the questions of Russians 65 68
It was not  interesting to V.Putin to answer the questions of Russians 14 15
Don’t know 21 17

 

In your opinion, will the problems and tasks discussed in the Direct Line be solved, or not? (%  of total focus group participants)
  2019 2021
Most of the tasks, problems  will be solved 31 35
Some tasks, problems will be solved, and some not 50 42
Most of tasks, problems will  not be solved 17 21
Don’t know 2 2

 

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