Citizen support of Putin, Medvedev keeps growing - poll

A total of 83 percent of Russian citizens approve of the activities of Vladimir Putin as president in May, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax on Thursday.

A total of 83 percent of Russian citizens approve of the activities of Vladimir Putin as president in May, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax on Thursday.

According to the information of Levada Center, the approval rating of Putin amounted to 72 percent in early March and 65 percent in April.

The share of Russians discontent with Putin's work dropped 50 percent in January-May, sociologists said citing a poll held on May 23-26 among 1,600 respondents over 18 years old in 130 cities, towns and villages in 45 Russian regions.

Meanwhile, 65 percent of respondents (48 percent in January and 60 percent in April) approve of the activities of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and 34 percent (51 percent, 38 percent respectively) disapprove, Levada Center said.

Currently 60 percent of respondents (against 43 percent in January) say that things in the country are going in the right direction, while 23 percent (41 percent in January) have the opposite stance.

When asked to name five to six trusted politicians and public figures, 53 percent referred to Putin, sociologists said citing the May survey. The Russian president's trust level grew almost 20 per cent in five months (from 34 percent in January).

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is still second on the list with 24 percent of Russians trusting him (19 percent in January), Medvedev has 20 percent (13 percent in January, 16 percent in April), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov 17 percent (6 percent in January), Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky 10 percent (8 percent), and Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov 9 percent (9 percent), the poll showed.

The top ten of most popular Russian politicians in May also includes Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia (5 percent), Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (5 percent), Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko (4 percent), and Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov (3 percent).

At the same time, 11 percent of Russian citizens said they did not trust anyone and 17 percent said they had no interest in politics.

According to the survey, 60 percent of Russians approve of the activities of the Russian government in general (43 percent in January) and 50 percent of respondents are content with work of the lower chamber (against 36 percent in January).

A total of 63 percent Russian citizens are generally happy with work of their governors (mayor in Moscow) and 36 percent have the opposite stance (against 44 percent since the beginning of the year).

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

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