Re: I was under impression that Putin's rating in the polls is about 80% Archived Message
Posted by Garry on July 26, 2022, 8:43 pm, in reply to "I was under impression that Putin's rating in the polls is about 80%"
>"Re: I was under impression that Putin's rating in the polls is about 80%" |
You can see what he explains below, as a sociologist, about those polls - only something less than 10% actually answer the poll and about 65 - 70% of those support the war - and presumably most of them also support Putin, hence your "80%" figure, I'd say.
Of course, there are opinion polls published by pro-Kremlin media which are enthusiastically quoted by Western and some pro-Ukrainian sources, trying to prove that all Russians support Putin and are fascists. But that has nothing to do with reality. As a sociologist, I can confirm that since the war, the number of people who agree to respond to opinion polls has collapsed to a level that is totally unrepresentative. Before the war it was below 30 percent, which is already very low. Now, itís considered a big success when 10 percent agree to respond. Usually itís 5 to 7 percent.
Of those 5 percent, about 65 to 70 percent support the war. There are two interpretations of this data. One, mostly shared by the liberal opposition, is that people are simply afraid to answer. I think thatís not exactly the case. Among those 95 percent who refuse to respond, there could be a considerable number who are against the war but donít dare say so. My suspicion, however ó which of course I cannot prove ó is that most people donít have any opinion at all.
> "All other commentators on Ukraine war I have been following have not vocalised any of Kagarlitsky's concerns. What gives?"
Yes, he conflicts with much of what I see posted here on the topic. I see him as an essential internal source who should be followed. Paul Jay will interview him again soon so I'll keep an eye out for that.