The job approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin has gained two percentage points in the past month and stands at 65 percent in July, and he enjoys trust among 38 percent of citizens, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax after a July 18-22 nationwide survey.
The poll results put the job approval rating of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at 52 percent. He is trusted by 15 percent of respondents.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu enjoys trust among 18 percent of those polled (21 percent in June), Communist Party of Russia leader Gennady Zyuganov 10 percent, and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky 9 percent.
Russia's top ten most popular political figures also includes Civil Platform party leader Mikhail Prokhorov (4 percent), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (4 percent), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4 percent), acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (4 percent), and Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko (4 percent), the Levada Center sociologists said.
Twenty-two percent of respondents said they did not trust any of the country's political figures.
Forty-four percent of those polled said they approved of the Russian government's performance, and 56 percent took the opposite view. The policies pursued by the country's authorities were supported by 41 percent of those polled and were criticized by the same number of respondents.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents interviewed in 45 Russian regions said they generally approved of the performance of the regional governors, including the governors of their own regions, including the Moscow mayor. Forty-one percent of those polled expressed the opposite opinion.
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