Third of Russians like Prokhorov, while quarter likes Kudrin

The most-liked opposition figures in Russia are businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and TV anchor Xenia Sobchak, but only Kudrin can boast of predominantly positive comments, the Public Opinion Foundation said in Moscow on Wednesday.

Thirty-two percent of 1,500 respondents polled on August 12 said they liked Prokhorov. Kudrin ranked second with 24 percent, and Sobchak followed up with 22 percent.

Meanwhile, Sobchak is the biggest disappointment - 53 percent of the respondents said they had negative feelings about her, and 7% could not say who she is.

Only 10 percent spoke negatively of Kudrin, but 39% knew nothing about him.

Prokhorov was unknown to 13 percent of the respondents, and 28 percent said they did not like him.

The opposition top ten also includes Vladimir Ryzhkov (14 percent positive comments and 12 percent negative), Ilya Yashin (9 and 5 percent correspondingly), Alexei Navalny (8 and 12 percent), Dmitry Bykov (7 and 4 percent), Sergei Udaltsov (7 and 14 percent), Gennady Gudkov (6 and 10 percent), and Eduard Limonov (4 and 26 percent).

Only 5 percent of the respondents who know Navalny said he had developed into a strong and influential politician. Six percent said he could become one, 12 percent said he would never make it, and 14 percent could not give a forecast.

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