About 83 percent of Russians approve of President Vladimir Putin’s actions, 12 percentage points more than in February. This is according to a poll by the independent Russian institute Levada.
It is the institute’s first poll since the start of the war in Ukraine.
Only 15 percent of those polled do not support the president, 12 percentage points less in a month. 2 percent have no opinion. Prime Minister Mikhail Mitshustin gains 11 percentage points to reach 71 percent, and the government gains 15 percentage points, up from 55 percent in February.
Previous polls have given Putin a popularity rating of 80 percent or more in recent weeks. But those inquiries were the work of pro-government institutions.