Seventy-two percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin's job performance as the Russian president, according to the findings of a poll conducted by the Levada-Center.
The poll was conducted among 1,603 people aged over 18 in 130 towns in 45 Russian regions on March 7-10.
In the first two weeks of March Putin's approval rating rose by 3 percent in comparison with February when this indicator was at 69 percent (65 percent in January).
Twenty-five percent of respondents are discontent with the president's job performance (against 30 percent in February and 34 percent in January), according to the poll.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents approve of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's job performance (against 54 percent in February and 48 percent in January), and 38 percent disapprove (45 percent in February and 51 percent in January).
Overall, today the country is heading in the right direction, said 51 percent of respondents; 30 percent disagreed, and 18 percent could not answer.
The respondents were also asked to answer who they would like to see as Russian president after the 2018 election. Thirty-two percent named Putin (26 percent in April 2013); 22 percent said "a different person who would continue Putin's policies" (14 percent a year ago). Thirty-one percent want to see as their president "a person who would offer a different solution to Russia's problem" (41 percent a year ago).
Fifteen percent could not answer this question.
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