51% of Russians say they want Putin as President after 2024
According to the respondents, the achievements of the President are stabilization of the situation in the North Caucasus (38%), deterring from demise (27%). 24% recalled the increase in pensions and wages, 22% mentioned reforms.
Half of Russians would like to see Vladimir Putin as President of Russia after 2024 when his next term in office will come to an end. In the course of the survey conducted by the Levada Center, 51% of respondents stated this. Vedomosti subscribers expressed opposite figure – 27%.
In August 2017, 67% of Russians said that they would like to see Putin as President by the end of his term in 2018. In October 2012, only 34% said they approved the continuation of Putin's presidency.
The number of people waiting for full-scale reforms in the country increased from 42 to 57%. The Russians called the rise in living standards. At the same time, 30% of Russians believe that changes in the composition of the government will not lead to the solution of existing problems, 24% seek their solution.
Under changes, Russians have in mind an increase in spending on social policy and paternalism, rather than infrastructure reforms, Gudkov, director of the Levada Center, explained to Vedomosti.
"The effect of the Crimean mobilization is coming to an end, although it was slowed down by the presidential campaign and a new pumping of support," the sociologist said. In his opinion, at the same time, confrontation with the West and sanctions support the President's non-alternative course. "There are no successors, people are pragmatic about their future, they fear of change, and since Putin is perceived as a conservative, it is believed that he will ensure the status quo," Gudkov said.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not answer the question of Vedomosti whether the public opinion capable of changing Putin's position on the need to step down after the second presidential term.
Recall that in a March poll of the Levada Center, Russians, assessing the results of Putin's rule, complain of low effectiveness in solving social problems. The main success of the Head of the state was the regain of world power status (47% of respondents).
According to the respondents, the achievements of the President are stabilization of the situation in the North Caucasus (38%), deterring from demise (27%). 24% recalled the increase in pensions and salaries, 22% mentioned reforms. Another 18% ranked Putin's success in degression of the 2008 economic crisis consequences, the upturn of order in CIS countries.
Among the complaints to Vladimir Putin, there are the lack of social problems solution. So, according to 45% of respondents, the President failed to ensure an equitable distribution of revenues, to return of funds dropped during the reforms (39%).
The claims are the wage and pensions increase. As the study shows, the disaffection of Russians increased due to the inability to overcome the economic crisis, the decline in output (27%).
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