Electoral support of Putin up to 68 percent by late May, trust/approval ratings exceed 80% - FOM

Two thirds of Russians are ready to support Vladimir Putin if hypothetical presidential elections were held next Sunday - by late May this figure reached a maximum in the past seven years of surveys, the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) said.

Two thirds of Russians are ready to support Vladimir Putin if hypothetical presidential elections were held next Sunday - by late May this figure reached a maximum in the past seven years of surveys, the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) said.

The FOM held a representative poll on May 24-25, which involved 3,000 respondents in 204 cities, towns and villages in 64 Russian regions.

When asked for whom people would vote, if presidential elections take place next Sunday, 68 percent of Russians said Putin, 6 percent leader of the Russian Democratic Liberal Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 4 percent Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, 2 percent businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, and 1 percent leader of the Just Russia party Sergei Mironov.

At the same time, 1 percent of respondents said they would destroy the ballot and 11 percent would not go to elections, the survey showed.

During the same polls of the FOM held earlier Putin was supported by 46 percent in January, 58 percent in March and 64 percent in April, sociologists said.

The trust level of Putin reached 82 percent by late March (against 59 percent in January), the FOM said.

When asked about trust for Putin, 34 percent of respondents said they had "unconditional trust" and 48 percent Russians said "they rather trusted." Meanwhile 6 percent and 8 percent of respondents respectively said they had the opposite stance.

At the same time, the share of Russians who claim they started trust the president more within a month grew to 47 percent in May from 19 percent in February, the poll showed.

As to assessing Putin's work as the president, 81 percent of respondents gave positive reviews (against 55 percent in January), while the share of Russians with negative estimates went down from 28 percent in January to 10 percent in May, FOM sociologists said citing surveys conducted.

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