The number of Russians disapproving Putin's policies decreased

The job approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin has gained five percentage points in the past month, rising from 63 percent in August to 68 percent in September, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax on Wednesday.

The number of respondents who disapprove of the president's policies decreased from 35 percent in August to 31 percent in September.

The public opinion survey was conducted in 45 Russian regions and involved 1,600 people.

Sixty-one percent of those polled said they approve of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's work (57 percent in August), and 38 percent criticized him (41 percent in August).

The number of respondents critical of the Russian government's performance has grown by five percentage points since May and stands at 51 percent in September, the sociologists said.

Sixty percent of those polled said they disapprove of the State Duma's work (55 percent).

Asked to name the political figure they trust the most, 36 percent of respondents mentioned Putin, 23 percent Medvedev, 10 percent Moscow Region Governor Sergei Shoigu, 8 percent Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 8 percent Communist Party chairman Gennady Zyuganov, 6 percent Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, 5 percent businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, 4 percent Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 4 percent  Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov, and 4 percent Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko.

Twenty-two percent of those polled said they do not trust any politician in Russia.

The work of Patriarch Kirill received approval from 69 percent of respondents, and 28 percent criticized him. Seventy-three percent of those polled announced their support for the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church, and 24 percent criticized them.

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