I have some questions on my mind like:
- What portion of the Russian population is strongly pro-Putin? How has it developed over time? (Is it 70% pro Putin or 70% anti-Putin but do not dare to speak up or something else.)
- What portion of Russians know basic true statements about the current war? (Like how many soldiers are approximately involved, which areas have been occupied, ... basically how well do rumors counteract official misinformation)
- What portion of Russians support the war? (or whatever it is called in Russia, but only makes sense if Russians know at least some basic statements about it)
I think these questions are interesting (to me) because I want to learn what drives a population to support such a war. Although it seems a bit more like sociology and maybe not enough politics. But attitudes towards a war should still be reasonably on-topic here, or do they not?
I also think that there should in principal a clear answer to these questions existing. A single number actually in the examples above.
But it will be very hard, next to impossible to get it with confidence. With Russia being an autocracy you simply don't get independent opinion polling that can be trusted.
Maybe I have to settle on simply not knowing these things. And in the current situation, there is anyway a very high risk to attract propaganda instead. I might end up contributing negatively to the knowledge stored here.
Should I ask these questions or not? Is there maybe an alternative that I could ask for that has a higher chance to give some accurate information without being spammed by misinformation?
As pointed out by Roger Vadim in his answer, this problem applies in part to every country. Everywhere there will be an error in the estimations of the public opinion. However, I would argue that currently for Russia this error might be extremely large and might make the answers to all such questions not very useful.