Polls show 30 governors lose popularity over six months

Polls show 30 governors lose popularity over six months
Sergey Aksenov is one of those at the top of the anti-rating

The governors of Ingushetia, Sevastopol and Crimea are the least popular ones on the list.

Surveys showed a drop in the ratings of 30 Russian governors in six months, RBC reports citing sources close to the Kremlin. The polls show how the work of the governors between April and October is assessed by people.

The following officials have had the largest drop in popularity: Yunus-bek Yevkurov (Ingushetia), Vyacheslav Bitarov (North Ossetia), Alexey Orlov (Kalmykia), Dmitry Ovsyannikov (Sebastopol), Sergei Aksyonov (Crimea), Vladimir Ilyukhin (Kamchatka), Sergei Morozov (Ulyanovsk Region), Yuri Berg (Orenburg Region), Igor Orlov (Arkhangelsk Region) and Dmitry Mironov (Yaroslavl Region).

On the other hand, people have grown to like Murat Kumpilov (Adygea), Stanislav Voskresensky (Ivanovo Region), Sergey Levchenko (Irkutsk Region), Andrei Travnikov (Novosibirsk Region), Alexander Burkov (Omsk Region), Andrey Klychkov (Orel Region), Mikhail Vedernikov (Pskov Region), Alexander Bogomaz (Bryansk Region), Gleb Nikitin (Nizhny Novgorod Region), and Sergei Sobyanin (Moscow). More than half of the ranking leaders were elected in 2018.

The interlocutors of the media outlet note that such polls are conducted regularly. Some governors have negative performance ratings that exceed positive ones for more than a year. Among them are Marina Kovtun (Murmansk Region), Sergey Gaplikov (Komi Republic), Boris Dubrovsky (Chelyabinsk Region), Alexey Orlov (Kalmykia), and Alexander Levintal (Jewish Autonomous Region).

Kovtun, Orlova and Dubrovsky's powers expire next year. According to sources close to the Kremlin, a replacement for the Governor of the Murmansk region is already being looked for; the Chelyabinsk Governor is also at risk.

The drop of the Ingushetia Head’s rating is associated with the adoption of the law on the administrative border with the Chechen Republic, one of the sources of the publication notes. The rating downgrade was recorded in October, when the law was signed.

The ratings of almost all other governors plummeted due to pension reform, coupled with the problems of the regions, sources believe. The exception was the Head of the Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko, who blasted the reform, which promoted the growth of his support by 17%.

The performance evaluation of the Governor of Sevastopol Ovsyannikov decreased by 45% for six months. The sources say the reason for this is the conflict between the Head of the region and a group of deputies of the Legislative Assembly led by Alexey Chaly. The government of Sevastopol and the Governor are called the initiators of the row, and the situation is escalating, one of the sources said. Citizens negatively assess the involvement of the region Head in such conflicts, summed up the publication’s interlocutor.

Head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov’s approval rating has fallen 31% from April due to “the staff turmoil” in the Republic’s government authorities, high level of corruption, as well as the belated feedback from the administration on the chemical release at the factory Crimean Titanium in the town of Armyansk. The Republic’s authorities did not provide any feedback on the situation in the city which gave birth to panic and rumors among the locals. 

Work of heads of Yaroslavl and Arkhangelsk regions Dmitry Mironov and Igor Orlov started to be estimated lower due to the regions’ plans to utilize Moscow’s garbage. Both Governors had been criticized by the oppositional media and social networks. Mironov’s approval rating has fallen 29%, Orlov’s - 25%. 

Approval ratings matter when Kremlin decides upon a Governor, however there are other criteria, political strategist Grigory Kazankov notes. In particular, socio-economic indicators are considered: economic growth, increase in investments, raise in wages or wage cut. In addition, the “well-being of business” is considered, as well as relations within the top leaders and attitude of citizens to a Governor and regions’ issues. Qualitative studies are carried out to define these indicators, the expert notes.

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