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Putin Poll Rating Jumps as Virus Situation Steadies, Levada Says

  • Approval rating returns to Feb. level amid relief over virus
  • Not clear yet if trend will continue, Levada’s Volkov says
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir PutinPhotographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating jumped six percentage points this month to the highest level since February as Russia continued to recover from the coronavirus epidemic, according to new data from the independent Levada Center pollster.

“There’s overall relief that the uncertainty is over and the payments have come through,” said Levada analyst Denis Volkov, referring to government benefits aimed at easing the impact of the pandemic. “But it’s hard to say if it will continue rising in the coming months -- a lot will depend on the economy.”