Western media: Angry Russians fed up with Putler’s corruption pour into the streets.
But now the first post-“palace” video opinion polls are coming in on Putin’s approval rating and related questions:
Levada is a private, opposition-leaning pollster. VCIOM and FOM are state-owned pollsters.
FOM: Did the actions of authorities cause you discontent or indignation in the past month? 39%→38% saying “yes.”
Levada: Are things going in the right direction in this country: 48%→49% saying “in the right direction” (43%→40% disagree).
Don’t waste time on hacks. Look at the numbers.
The day after I posted this, a new poll from Levada Center about Navalny’s popularity, conducted between Jan 29 and Feb 2 (i.e. both after the video and the first protest).
Navalny’s approval rating is 19%, down from 20% this September. Disapproval is much higher. Nor can you ascribe this to Russians not having heard of him.
Negative net approval even amongst zoomers.
The only demographic that (marginally) supports Navalny are those who primarily get their information from Telegram channels. Amongst the online, it is 26%-27%.