Levada: Putin’s rating among young people fell over the year from 36% to 20%
Vladimir Putin’s rating remains at a pre-quarantine level – if the presidential elections in Russia were held next weekend, 39% of citizens would be ready to vote for him. This is evidenced by the results of a survey by the Levada Center. In December 2019, 38% of Russians were ready to vote for Putin.
It is noteworthy that the next most popular answers for Putin in the survey are “I would not vote” (24%) and “I don’t know who to vote for” (16%).
Another feature of the survey that Open Media draws attention to is the changing preferences of age groups. Thus, over the course of the year, the share of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 who are ready to vote for Putin dropped from 36% to 20%. On the contrary, among people aged 40 to 54, sympathy for the current president increased from 31% to 39%.
Age groups from 25 to 39 years old and from 55 years old are stable in their preferences. Like a year ago, 30% and 51% of them, respectively, are ready to vote for Putin.
Changes in the mood of young people are an important indicator that people have ceased to perceive and reproduce the power discourse, political analyst Abbas Gallyamov believes. The reaction of young people anticipates what will happen in the future with the rest of the age groups.