Since the 2008 presidential election, majorities of Russians have approved of the leadership of their country. Approval declined slightly to 56% in June of this year from 63% in May 2008; both measures are substantially higher than the 39% approval rating in May 2007.
Russians’ approval ratings of their prime minister and president again contrast the situation in Ukraine — one acrimonious and the other a “tandem.” More than two-thirds of Russians approve of President Dmitry Medvedev (68%) and more than three in four approve of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (77%).
One year into Medvedev’s presidency, that more Russians approve of Putin than approve of his protégé, underscores Putin’s continuing popularity. Nineteen percent of Russians have no opinion of Medvedev’s leadership, which is more than the 12% who have no opinion of Putin’s.