Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises - poll

Some 47 percent of Russians believe that President Vladimir Putin can keep the election promises, the Levada Center told Interfax after having polled respondents in 130 towns and cities in 45 regions this February.

A third (34 percent) doubted that and 17 percent were hesitant, the sociologists said.

In the opinion of 65 percent, President Putin has done more good than harm to Russia, and 18 percent have the opposite opinion.

The approval rating of Putin has not declined over the past year: 66 percent of Russians said in early 2012 that Putin was good for the country and the indicator was 65 percent in early 2013.

The respondents were asked a number of questions about Putin's presidency. Some 36 percent said he had restored the great power status of Russia, 28 percent pointed to his social protection efforts (higher salaries and pensions) and 24 percent stated he "had overcome separatist trends and prevented Russia's breakup."

Twenty-two percent said Putin was fostering reforms, 19 percent lauded the recovery from the crisis of 2008, 17 percent noted North Caucasian stabilization efforts and 16 percent welcomed the rapprochement of CIS countries.

Fourteen percent uttered he had managed "to stop the economic crisis and production decline", 11 percent affirmed "the strengthening of law and order", and 10 percent "the continuation of reforms with a bigger focus on social protection".

The respondents called the biggest failure of Putin "unfair distribution of wealth in the country" (41 percent) and "inability of average citizens to regain the money they have lost through the reforms" (36 percent).

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