Russians losing trust in president, according to polls

The number of Russians who say they trust President Vladimir Putin has declined, and more citizens tend to doubt the president's ability to seriously influence the situation in the country, Levada Center sociologists have said.

Fifty-two percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the Levada Center at the beginning of August declared their support for Putin's policies, as compared with 57 percent in May.

The number of those who are frustrated over Putin's work has not changed since May - 24 percent, the sociologists said.

Forty-eight percent of those polled in August confirmed their positive attitude to the president, as compared with 60 percent in May. The number of those who criticize the president's work has grown to 25 percent from 21 percent in May.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they trust the president (63 percent in May), and 30 percent took the opposite view (29 percent in May), the sociologists said.

Thirteen percent of those polled were undecided (9 percent in May), they said.

The public opinion survey was conducted in 43 Russian regions from August 11 to August 13 and involved 1,600 people.

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