Independent Russian survey shows Putin support climbing

A survey by an independent research organization in Russia shows the approval rating for President Vladimir Putin's performance is rising.

The Levada-Center conducts face-to-face interviews with more than 1,600 people across Russia every month.

Its poll in February showed 83 percent of respondents approved of Putin's performance as president. That's up one percentage point from the previous month, and one of the highest levels since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

Putin's approval rating has been gradually rising after dropping below 80 percent following his announcement of a partial military mobilization in September.

The survey also showed 77 percent of respondents supported what Moscow calls its special military operation in Ukraine, while 17 percent did not.

The support rate was up 2 percentage points from the previous survey.

However, the poll suggested a lower level of support for the military action among younger people. Fifty-seven percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24 supported it.

On the status of the war, 63 percent of respondents said the operation in Ukraine was going well, marking a rise from a survey in autumn last year.

Support for the continuation of military action was 43 percent, outnumbered by those who wanted peace negotiations to start, at 50 percent.

The Levada-Center has come under pressure from Russian authorities for its independent research and analysis. It has been designated a foreign agent by the Putin administration.