On May 30, the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM) presented survey data on the attitude of Russians to the special military operation to protect Donbass.
It is turned out that the level of support for a special military operation has remained at a high level in the Russian Federation for three months since its start. The decision to hold it is supported by 72 per cent of the country’s citizens, while 18 per cent do not support it. Also, 10 per cent of the surveyed do not have any firm opinion on this issue.
The understanding of the goals of the special operation does not change among Russians, either. According to the respondents, the first option is to protect Russia, disarm Ukraine and prevent the deployment of NATO military bases on its territory (40 per cent).
One in five believes that the purpose of the special operation is to change the political course of Ukraine and purge it of the Nazis (20 per cent), and 18 per cent call the protection of the population of the republics of Donbass as the goals of the special operation.
At the same time, the level of public protest moods has decreased by another 4 percentage points since March 2022: according to data on May 26, only 14 per cent consider protests in the locality of their residence to be likely. For comparison, a year ago, 26 per cent expressed such an opinion.
In addition, on May 27, it was reported that the level of confidence of Russian residents in the country’s President, Vladimir Putin, exceeded 81 per cent, and the level of approval of his activities amounted to 78.4 per cent. Thus, the level of trust of Russians in their President is now 81.3 per cent.