Approval rating of Putin, support of United Russia party reach maximum - VTsIOM

The approval level of Vladimir Putin's work as the Russian president is up for the fifth month in a row and reached a new maximum of 85.9 percent in early May, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) sociologists said.

The approval level of Vladimir Putin's work as the Russian president is up for the fifth month in a row and reached a new maximum of 85.9 percent in early May, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) sociologists said.

According to experts, the high approval rating of Putin was registered firstly due to the events in Ukraine and the celebration of Victory Day: 52 percent and 34 percent of respondents respectively said these were the main events last week.

The approval rating of Putin's work grew over a third in 2014 so far (60.6 percent in January and 82.2 percent in April). Thus, this figure almost repeats the one registered six years ago and it was higher only once - 87.4 percent in April 2008, VTsIOM said.

At the same time, polls show that the level of support of the United Russia party grew considerably in the past months - from 41.7 percent in January to 60.4 percent in early May. Thus, the rating of the ruling party, which was 46.5 percent on average in the past two years and six months, has reached a six-year maximum (2008-2014), sociologists said.

VTsIOM held the all-Russia public survey on May 10-11. A total of 1,600 people were polled in 130 cities, towns and villages in 42 Russian regions. Statistical error does not exceed 3.4 percent.

Read more: Putin's confidence rating at 78.3%, Russians drifting toward conservatism - survey

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