Recent polling showed that Russians’ trust in President Vladimir Putin has fallen to a 14-year record low, according to The Moscow Times.
The state-funded VTsIOM polling agency released the result of their March survey, where just 28.3 percent of Russians chose Putin when asked to name a politician whom they trust. This is the lowest percentage since the pollster began asking this question in January 2006.
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Valery Fyodorove, the head of VTsIOM, told Forbes Russia that the format of the survey also played a factor in the result of low trust in the president. A multiple-choice format, for example, would cause more respondents to say they trust Putin than the “open-ended” format that VTsIOM normally uses.
“The open-ended question is more about memory and information activity than about trust, unfortunately,” Fyodorov said. “In general, I would stop asking this question at all, but if I stop asking it, they will start suspecting me of some terrible things.”
In April, 69.8 percent of respondents said yes to a yes-or-no survey about whether they trust Putin, Fyodorove said.