President Putin's popularity rating grew up to 67%

Russian President Vladimir Putin's job approval rating grew to 67 percent in July from 64 percent in June, according to the results of the Yury Levada Analytical Center poll

Forty-one percent of respondents say they trust the president, as compared with 37 percent the previous month.

The poll results put the job approval rating of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at 59 percent. He enjoys the trust of 23 percent of respondents.

Apart from Putin and Medvedev, July's top 10 most popular political figures of Russia includes Moscow Region Governor Sergei Shoigu (11 percent), Communist Party chairman Gennady Zyuganov (11 percent), Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (10 percent), businessman Mikhail Prokhorov (5 percent), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4 percent), A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov (4 percent), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (3 percent), and Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko (3 percent).

Eighteen percent of the responndents said they did not trust any Russian politician. Forty-nine percent of respondents approved of the government's performance in July, and 51 percent  took the opposite view, the sociologists said.

Twenty-three percent of those polled in July said they believed in the government's ability to improve the situation in the country, as compared with 35 percent  in June.

Thirty-five percent of those polled this month said the government was unlikely to be able to change the situation for the better in Russia in the near future, against 30 percent in June.

The public opinion survey was conducted in 45 Russian regions from July 20 to July 23.

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