Nearly two-thirds of Russians would like to see President Vladimir Putin elected for another term, a poll by the Moscow-based Levada-Center has found.
The 65% who said they want Putin to retain his position after the 2018 election marks the highest level of support for the president serving another term since the poll was first conducted in 2004. The figure is 8 percentage points (pp) higher than this time last year, when the figure sat at 57%, and nearly double the 33% that was polled in 2004.
When asked what attracts them to Putin, respondents offered up a number of responses – the most popular being his experience in the role, at 33%. The second-most popular response was his energy, decisiveness and strong will, at 31%.
22% cited Putin’s foreign policy acumen as his main attraction, though the poll was concluded on the same day the president announced that Russian troops would be withdrawing from Syria, less than six months after they were first deployed.
When asked what they like least about Putin, the top two answers offered by respondents, at 17% each, were his association with big business and his association with corrupt politicians. The third most popular answer was that he is alien to the interests of the Russian people.