With Alexey Navalny Behind Bars, Russia’s Opposition Faces Uncertain Future
&# 171; Levada Center&# 187 ;: 19% of Russians approve of Navalny’s activities
Over the past eight years, the opposition leader’s rating has tripled
Every fifth resident of Russia approves of the activities of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the Levada Center, conducted against the background of recent events: the return of Alexei Navalny to Russia, a film about the “Vladimir Putin’s palace” and past rallies. The questions were formulated jointly with Open Media.
The study showed that 19 percent of respondents approve of Alexei Navalny’s activities. Over the past eight years, his rating has tripled. The politician is most popular among young people. Among the audience aged 18-24, 36 percent rate his work positively, and 43 percent negatively. Russians over 55 have the worst attitude towards Navalny – only 12 percent approve of his activities. The greatest rejection of politicians is from viewers of Russian television – 64 percent, as well as from those who get news from friends and family – 55 percent.
According to the poll, a total of 31 percent of respondents have positive feelings about Navalny, 37 percent – negative. Almost a third of the respondents are neutral or indifferent to him.
The group of Russians indifferent to Navalny is getting smaller with each new poll: in January 2015, 39 percent of respondents answered this way, in February 2017 – 35 percent, in September 2020 – 31 percent, and now 29 percent, experts say..
Sociologists note that the latest events related to Navalny, on the whole, had little effect on public opinion. 68 percent of the respondents answered that their attitude towards Navalny has not changed. And only 9 percent of the respondents changed their attitude towards politics for the better. First of all, these are the readers of Telegram channels (30 percent), those who do not approve of the policies of Vladimir Putin (22 percent), and young people (18 percent).
Commenting on the results of the study, the director of the Levada Center, Lev Gudkov, noted that the survey was conducted before the court session on February 2, so the court’s decision to change Navalny’s suspended sentence to a real one did not have time to influence the opinion of respondents.
The survey involved 1,616 people aged 18 and over, in 137 settlements, 50 constituent entities of Russia. They were spoken to from January 29 to February 2, 2021.
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