Russians highly value President Putin's work - poll

Russian citizens interviewed by Levada Center sociologists said they particularly appreciated President Vladimir Putin's political experience, working ability, oratory skills, vitality and comprehensive approach to tackling problems facing the country.

Russian citizens interviewed by Levada Center sociologists said they particularly appreciated President Vladimir Putin's political experience, working ability, oratory skills, vitality and comprehensive approach to tackling problems facing the country.

Fifty-four percent of respondents to the center's July poll expressed their support for Putin, 20 percent criticized his work, and 22 percent said they used to like Putin, but got disappointed with him recently.

The survey was conducted in 45 Russian regions at the end of July and involved 1,600 people.

Describing the president's main qualities, 35 percent of respondents mentioned his political experience, and 30 percent praised his ability to clearly articulate his ideas.

Respondents also mentioned Putin's professional and intellectual qualities (25 percent), his vitality (24 percent), strong will and manhood (23 percent), self-restraint and discretion (21 percent), his high level of culture and education (18 percent), as well as the president's clear and consistent policies (16 percent).

Fifteen percent of those polled welcomed Putin's comprehensive approach to tackling problems in the country, 14 percent spoke of his personal charm, 13 percent mentioned his managerial experience, 12 percent welcomed his flexibility and readiness to compromise, and 10 percent praised his commitment to order and law.

The results of the Levada Center poll showed that Putin's work as president of Russia scored six points on a 10-point scale.

Russian citizens' opinion regarding whose interests Putin advocates has changed over the past year, the sociologists said.

The number of respondents who think that Putin represents the interests of security services, the Armed Forces and the Interior Ministry declined from 43 percent in July 2012 to 41 percent in July 2013. Thirty-five percent of those polled mentioned the interests of the oligarchs, bankers and major entrepreneurs (39 percent in July 2012).

The idea that Putin advocates the interests of large enterprises' directors was supported by 23 percent of respondents (26 percent in July 2012), and the interests of First Russian President Boris "Yeltsin's inner circle, the so called "family" 14 percent.

However, the number of respondents who are certain of the president's loyalty to the interests of the middle class grew from 21 percent in July 2012 to 24 percent in July 2013, the Levada Center's poll showed.

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