The American media has worked overtime in trying to convince the Russian people into believing that Vladimir Putin is bad for Russia. For years the American media had flooded Russian social outlets with negative stories about the Russian president, this has included propping up Anti Putin opponents in Russia in an attempt to sway the Russian people away from their leader, but the attempts have failed. For more than 20 years, negative Putin media campaigns aimed at younger generation Russians have been produced by the west, yet they have never been successful in influencing many people, and according to a new poll the war in Ukraine is no exception.
People try to stay with the tried and true. Especially if ANY comments against the leadership can get you killed. It helps when the govt reports they are winning as they attack a supposedly evil nation when in reality it is a quiet country that is actually wiping out your invading forces. Dis information is key to keeping the peoples trust.