As the ruble continues to bleed chunks of value and wages and living standards are in a downslide, Putin's approval rating dropped to 82 percent this month, compared to a record high of 89 percent in June 2015 and 85 percent in December 2015.
The number of respondents who named him among the politicians they trust has been dropping — currently 58 percent. This compares to 64 percent in June 2015 and 60 percent in December 2015.
The 45 percent who said this month the country was “moving in the right direction” compares to 64 percent who thought so in June 2015, and 56 percent in December 2015.
The domestic approval rating of Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also seen a decline, dropping to 56 percent this month, compared to 66 percent in June 2015 and 61 percent in December 2015, according to the report.
“The approval ratings of the country's political leaders have declined somewhat, but currently they still remain at a high 'post-Crimean' level, despite the population's increasing concerns about the economic situation in the country.”
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