Almost half of Russians voted for the resignation of Medvedev

Almost half of Russians voted for the resignation of Medvedev


“Definitely for” the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev are 18% of respondents “would rather” — 27%, the survey by the Levada center, conducted April 7-10 (see figure).

Since last may the credibility of the Prime Minister gradually declined. According to the survey, 14% “completely trust” premiere in may 2016, 9% in December, and only 3% in April of this year. The number of “mostly trust” of respondents during the same period dropped from 39 to 30%. The number of “mostly distrust” the Prime Minister was interviewed increased from 30% in may last year to 33% in April of this year. Increased the number of respondents who “completely distrust” the head of the government, from 14% to 19%, respectively.

In recent years, respondents often expressed a negative attitude to the Prime Minister. Reduced the number of respondents expressing “sympathy” to the Prime Minister (from 12% in 2013 to 8% in April 2017). The number of respondents who “can’t say anything bad about him,” he fell for four years from 29% to 21%. From 5 to 9% increase in the number of respondents expressing to the head of the government, “antipathy”, from 2 to 4% of “disgust”.

Medvedev’s rating dropped because of the investigation of the founder of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny, the growth of domestic economic problems and reduce the effect of “postkrymsky consensus,” said a sociologist at the Levada center Stepan Goncharov. According to him, the respondents ascribe to Medvedev “disastrous” results of domestic policy.

In dozens of cities of Russia on March 26 have been protests announced by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The events were held under the anti-corruption slogans, most of which was devoted to the investigation of the FBC about the property Medvedev. In the film-investigation “you do not Dimon” tells that the Russian Prime Minister has “huge tracts of land in the elite areas, manages yachts, apartments in historic mansions, agro-complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad”.

Only in Moscow on the results of an unsanctioned rally on March 26 was detained more than a thousand people. On the day of the release of the film FBK press Secretary of the head of the government Natalia Timakova said that the investigation is “distinct pre-election character” and it is meaningless to talk about “the attacks of the opposition and the convict character.” Medvedev, a month after the film’s release FBK called “compote” investigation of the Bulk of his property.

A source in the government office refused to comment on the sociology of the Levada center because of “lack of dynamics on the issue of the resignation of the Prime Minister”. The source noted that the government rating is usually below the presidential, because all the unpopular economic decisions are made by the White house.

Levada-center measures the attitude towards the personality of Medvedev, and not relevant to the job of Prime Minister, so in the study of the visible elements “forming the survey”, said political analyst Konstantin Kalachev. According to him, researchers have to show some bias and put pressure on the emotions of the respondents, since the questions lined up exactly as it should for the worst outcome. “But any way the numbers are alarming. The key issue was that of resignation. It seems that the attacks on Medvedev have reached your goal,” concludes Kalachev.

If sociologists asked the respondents to evaluate the work of the government and its head, the result could be a little better, the analyst believes. Respondents are unlikely to distinguish Medvedev as Prime Minister and as a person, because “as a simple man with him don’t know”, retorted the potters.

Attitude towards the Prime Minister be described as neutral-indifferent, it does not cause respondents great emotion, said political analyst Abbas Gallyamov. He connects this attitude to the Prime Minister with the specifics of his position. “His work is fairly routine and does not involve the raging passions and bright pictures. Especially in a situation when money in the economy less, and it means that people have to refuse more often. The fact that the credibility of Medvedev dropping for quite some time, says that this is a systemic problem, and not the result of one the Bulk of attack,” says Gallyamov.

In his opinion, the film and the protests against the Prime Minister are only the catalysts of negativity to the Prime Minister. “The fact that supporters of the Prime Minister’s resignation is now considerably greater than its opponents, despite the fact that people who experience against his openly negative emotions quite a bit, says the new public query. Now people just want the updates, waiting for something fresh and unknown,” — said the analyst.

A study by the Levada center conducted in-home using personal interviews on a representative nationwide sample of urban and rural population of 1.6 million people aged 18 years and older in 137 localities of the 48 regions of the country.

With the participation of Igor Moiseyev

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