Putin’s approval drops six points after partial mobilization announcement

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.  EFE/Sergei Bobylev/Sputnik/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin. EFE/Sergei Bobylev/Sputnik/Kremlin

Moscow.- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval fell six points, from 83 percent to 77 percent, after his decree of partial military mobilization in the country, according to a poll released today by the Levada Center.

According to the poll, 21% of Russians do not approve of Putin’s management, compared to 15% who answered yes to the same question in August 2022.

The Levada Center, declared a foreign agent in Russia, nevertheless indicates that support for Putin remains at one of its highest levels since the start of the military campaign in Ukraine last February.

Thus, before the start of the “special military operation”, the management of the Russian leader was supported by 71% of the population, a percentage which rose to 83% in March 2022 and remained unchanged until September.

Russian police officers arrest a person who takes part in an unauthorized demonstration against Russia's partial military mobilization due to the conflict in Ukraine, in central Moscow, Russia, 24 September 2022. EFE/EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV
Russian police officers arrest a person who participates in an unauthorized demonstration against military mobilization. EFE/Maxim Shipenkov

The partial mobilization to reinforce the Russian contingent in Ukraine was declared by Putin on the 21st, after which thousands of Russians left the country to avoid being called up.

Recruitment mistakes

Russian authorities later admitted irregularities in the first stage of the project, and the Kremlin promised that the errors would be corrected.

Simultaneously, several Russian governors reported the return to the country of hundreds of “mobilized by mistake”, who did not meet the criteria to be called up, whether for health or family reasons.

Web edited: Javier Agramunt

the entrance Putin’s approval drops six points after partial mobilization announcement was first published in EFE News.

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