One in five Russians do not trust Putin, polls say

Russian’s trust rating towards President Vladimir Putin falls by ten percent while 19 percent say they do not trust him

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A protester holds a caricature of Russian President Vladimir Putin during an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

Updated Mar 22, 2016

Russian’s' trust rating towards President Vladimir Putin have fallen by ten percent in the past year while numbers wanting to see him re-elected as president went just a tad higher.

According to a poll by the Levada Centre, 73 percent of voters said they trust Putin, down from 83 percent in the same polling series a year before, while 19 percent said they did not trust him, up from 14 percent.

No explanation was provided by the pollister in terms of Putin’s trust rating.

Putin has capitalised on controversial conflicts in Syria and Ukraine over the recent years as its energy reliant economy went on a sharp dive.

The economy worsened by Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, while millions of Russians have seen their household income fall in real terms.

Opposition politicians say any polling data concerning Putin is unfairly boosted by the state TV, where most Russians get their news, which provides favourable coverage and pro-government news.

The next presidential election in 2018 will be a challenge for Putin as he hopes for his fourth term as president.

A different poll suggested more Russians were ready to re-elect Putin in 2018, despite his falling trust.

The poll said 65 percent of Russians said they wanted to see Putin re-elected as president, up from 57 percent in the same polling series the year before.

A debatable survey by a state-run pollster gave him sharply higher numbers, alleging the suggestion that the public support for Putin to serve another term may be in its highest level in four years.

Across the country, 1,600 Russians were surveyed for the first Levada poll, conducted on March 11-14, while the second poll was carried out from Feb 19-24 with the same number of voters.

TRTWorld, Reuters