Some 50 percent of Russians trust Putin - public opinion poll

According to the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), the level of confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin was virtually unchanged over the past year and reached 50 percent and the level of confidence in Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rose from 22 to 25 percent.

"The level of confidence in Putin is the highest among all politicians.  It reached 50  in early 2012 and 48 percent in early 2013," VtsIOM Director Valery Fyodorov told a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

"Of course, 48 percent is less than 50 percent, but I would not make far-reaching conclusions now," the expert said.

Speaking about the level of people' confidence in Medvedev, Fyodorov said: "This figure is now at a level of 22-25 percent."

According to public opinion polls, most Russians believe President Putin has already fulfilled some of the promises he gave before the elections.

"A year ago, we asked him whether he would fulfill his promises. And now we asked him whether he is really fulfilling them," Fyodorov said.

According to Fyodorov's estimation, the percentage of respondents who are skeptical about the probability of Putin keeping his promises is relatively low. "It's now 19 percent, and it was 15 percent a year ago," he said.

Fyodorov said, citing sociological studies, that the percentage of the respondents who are convinced that Putin will be able to follow up on his promises has changed.

"[A year go], 37 percent were convinced that Putin will be able to follow up on his promises. Now the percentage of such respondents is much lower, 16 percent," he said.

At the same time, Fyodorov said most of the respondents are inclined to think that the president is responsible about the fulfillment of his pre-election promises.

"In most cases, the majority of respondents believe that Putin has followed up on only some of his promises, but not all. A year ago, there was 45 percent of such respondents, now it's 58 percent," he said.

Speaking about the attitude to the fulfillment by the president of his promises among those respondents who voted for Putin in the presidential elections, Fyodorov said: "Only 5 percent of those who voted for Putin said Putin is not fulfilling his pre-election promises. Thirty-two percent believe he is following up on his promises and 60 percent believe he is keeping them."

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