US Embassy urges Bloomberg to apologize for Putin rating data

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Russian embassy in the United States demanded that the Bloomberg editorial team apologize for the misinformation about the level of Russian confidence in Putin. Agency material is based on a VTsIOM survey, but diplomats and sociologists insist that the data was distorted.

The Russian Embassy in the United States called on the Bloomberg editorial office to apologize for the article, in which the rating of Russian confidence in President Vladimir Putin became an “object of fraud”. This was stated in the message of the diplomatic mission on Facebook.

We are talking about material published on May 21. It presents a graph according to which in April the rating of the Russian leader dropped to 27%. The source is the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion (VTsIOM). The agency downgraded the rating due to the “intensification of the coronavirus crisis”. It was also noted that the graph shows the proportion of Russians who call Putin one of the politicians they trust.

Embassy led a link to the rating VTsIOM “trust policy”, according to which Putin’s rating last month was 67.9%. Diplomats accused the agency of disrespecting readers and publishing misinformation. “There is a lasting impression that articles in Bloomberg are written to promote fake graphs and create sustainable false visual images about the“ negative dynamics ”in Russia,” the report said.

The diplomatic mission urged the agency to post real indicators, showing “professionalism and objectivity.”

The day before, the head of VTsIOM Valery Fedorov told RIA Novosti that a positive assessment of Putin’s work is 61-63%, and the level of confidence is 67-68%. He recalled that the last electoral rating of the president of VTsIOM gave in 2018. According to Fedorov, VTsIOM measures the current work of Putin and the public’s attitude towards him with questions: “How do you assess Putin’s activities as president?” and “Do you trust or do not trust Putin?”

This week, questions from the Russian Embassy in the United States were also prompted by the replacement of signatures on the agency’s schedule, reflecting the average number of hospital beds per thousand people in Russia. In addition, in May, Bloomberg twice changed the title for coronavirus mortality in Russia.

Prior to this, the Financial Times and The New York Times also published materials on a possible understatement of mortality from coronavirus in Russia. After that, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded a refutation of the data from the materials.


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