The Russian Levada Center is showing Putin’s approval rating as dramatically dipping.
There is no explanation given for the recent approval dip. The main reason, however, was midnight shocker of the pension age increase announcement during the Russian World Cup in June 2018.
Russia’s continuing economic downturn as a result of Western sanctions is also having an effect.
Russia’s crisis in Ukraine and especially in the Kerch Straits is certainly not helping.
The previous low for Putin was in December 2011, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets, protesting the falsification of the parliamentary elections of that year.