Almost 40% of Russians do not want to see Putin as president after 2024, survey claims

According to a survey by the Levada Center, more than a third of Russians (38) would not want Vladimir Putin to remain president after the end of his term in 2024. The results were published by the Vedomosti newspaper.

At the same time, 54% of respondents believe that Putin should continue to rule the country. In August 2017, this figure reached a maximum. At the time, 67% of respondents supported the future presidency of Putin.

In October 2012, 40% of Levada respondents said they would not like to see Putin at the head of the country after 2024, and 45% said so in 2013.

Last March, Putin was re-elected for the fourth time (and for the second time in a row). According to the Russian Constitution, he is no longer eligible for re-election in the 2024 elections.

Lev Gudkov, the head of Levada, notes that Russians’ trust in Putin has shaken significantly since the pension reform, and today the authority of the existing president is largely based on his lack of alternatives.

“None of the likely successors can take the political stage, so the president’s authority today is largely inertial, and there are no new achievements,” Vedomosti quotes Gudkov.

At the end of May, the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Research (VTsIOM) announced the results of the poll on Vladimir Putin’s policy. Sociologists of this organization stated that they had changed the methodology of the survey on the trust of Russians in politicians. The new results show that 72.3% of citizens trust Putin.