(September 2010 – June 2011)
Economics and Public Opinion in Russia During and After the Financial Crisis
In Russia, presidential approval has been shown to closely track perceived economic performance. The decline in Yeltsin’s popularity and sustained support for Putin since 1999 can be explained largely by the transitional crisis and the oil-fueled recovery. The capacity of presidents to implement policies has, in turn, expanded and shrunk with their popularity. How has this logic changed—if at all—since the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2008? Using statistical data on public opinion and economic performance, I examine the evolving patterns.