The approval rating of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in March fell by 10%. This is evidenced by the data of the survey “Levada-Center”, which leads “Interfax”.
According to the results of a survey conducted in the period from 31 March to 3 April 2017, the share of Russians approve of Medvedev’s performance as Prime Minister fell from 52% (Feb figure) to 42%. Do not approve of Medvedev 57% of citizens (against 47% a month earlier). His sympathy to the government said 43% of respondents (49%), dissatisfaction is 55% (in February — 49%). The work of the State Duma in March was pleased with 38% of the citizens (45% in January) is not satisfied, and 60% (54% previous month).
Thus, the activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin to approve 82% of respondents (against 84% in February), dissatisfaction with the leader of the state said 17% of respondents.
In the survey, respondents were also asked to name five or six politicians and statesmen, whom they most trust. The results of the survey showed that the first three rankings remain unchanged for the year: on the first place Vladimir Putin (52%), followed by the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu (23%), the third — Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov (21%).
The survey was conducted among 1,600 people aged 18 years and older in 137 localities of the 48 regions of the country.
On March 31 a similar study was published by the Fund “Public opinion” (FOM). According to the survey, as of March 26, the number of course trusting Medvedev citizens decreased by 3% and 11%. While 23% of respondents expressed distrust to the Prime Minister the absolute (vs. 21% in February).
Loss of confidence to the second face of the state coincided with the release of the investigation of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny on the residences of the Prime Minister and related funds, which could receive up to 70 billion rubles in donations. At the time of publication of the material film of the FBC based on the investigation, entitled “you do not Dimon” on YouTube gained almost 17.2 million hits.
The investigation of the FBC was released on 2 March, but Medvedev himself commented on it only yesterday. “Take it all different kinds of rubbish, any rubbish is collected about me, if it’s about me, about my friends, about the people, about whom I never heard. About some of the places I’ve been. About some places that I too have never heard of. Collect some papers, photos, clothes. Then create a product and present it”, — said the Prime Minister, speaking at a meeting with workers of factory “Tambov bacon”. However, he pointed out that the investigation against him was registered. “Everything would be fine if this was not a well-defined story. History, namely, to get people outside and to achieve their political objectives,” — said Medvedev.
March 26 in Moscow and dozens of large cities of Russia passed anti-corruption demonstrations which participants demanded from the authorities reaction to the investigation of the FBC. The largest was a rally in Moscow. According to official data, it was attended by 8 thousand people. Action in the capital was not coordinated with the authorities; according to the “OVD-info”, the police detained more than a thousand protesters.