The number of opponents of Putin’s re-election reached the highest level since 2014

The number of opponents of Putin's re-election reached the highest level since 2014

According to a February survey by the Levada Center, 41 percent of Russians do not want to see Vladimir Putin as president after 2024. Half of those who do not want to see Putin re-elected say that the president has sat too long is bored, and it’s time for him to retire. Only 8% of respondents explain their desire to change the leader of the country by corruption.

The survey, for which questions were formulated together with “Open Media”, was conducted from February 18 to 24. A total of 1,601 people over 18 years participated in it. Respondents answered the question, “Would you or would you not like to see Vladimir Putin as president of Russia after his current term ends after 2024?”

Almost half of the population sees Putin as president after 2024: 48 percent of respondents said they would like to see him re-elected. In October 2013, 45 percent of the population wanted a change in the president, and one-third wanted him re-elected. A year later, after the annexation of Crimea, the number of supporters of a change in the ruling team dropped to 19 percent, while 58 percent of those surveyed were in favor of Putin’s re-election.

In 2018, the number of those who want a change of government rose to 27 percent, in 2019 to 38 percent. According to a March 2020 poll by the Levada Center, before the vote on the constitutional amendments, 40 percent of respondents opposed Putin’s re-election, while 46 percent supported the idea.

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Today, among supporters of a change of power, the majority are men – 48 percent, while 42 percent are in favor of Putin’s re-election. For women, the mood is different: half want Putin to remain in the Kremlin, while only a third would like to see him replaced.

Sociologists also asked about the actions of Putin’s opponents in the event that he does go for a new term. More than half of them intend to vote for another candidate, while 30% will not go to the polls. Seven percent say they are ready to go to protest rallies if there are any.

Last January, the Russian president proposed amendments to the constitution. The “term nullification” provision, which theoretically allows Putin to remain president until 2036, appeared when the amendments were approved in the State Duma in March. They were finally approved at the so-called all-Russian voting, which took several days and ended on July 1.