Approval rating of Russian authorities on rise - poll

A record growth of the approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his political course continues, sociologists said.

A record growth of the approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his political course continues, sociologists said.

The approval rating of President Putin stood at 86 percet in June, Levada Center told Interfax. The approval rating of the president grew 3 percent from 83 percet in May and 20 percet from 65 percet in January.

The disapproval rating shrank from 34 percet to 13 percet, the sociologists said citing a poll of 1,600 persons older than 18 in 130 populated localities in 46 regions on June 20-23. The statistic error does not exceed 3.4 percet

According to Levada Center, Putin's approval rating has reached a peak since 2000. Sociologists recorded similar digits only in 2007 and 2008, 81 percet and 83 percet, respectively.

The approval rating of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been growing steadily since the year beginning, from 48 percet in January and 59 percet in March to 67 percet in late June. Thirty-one percent disapprove of the prime minister's work now, against 51 percet in the beginning of this year.


The respondents were asked to name five to six politicians they trusted most. Fifty-two percent named Putin in June. The president's confidence rating increased almost 20 percet in six months, from 34 percet in January.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is the first runner-up, with 21 percet now, 24 percet in May and 19 percet in January. He is followed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with 15 percet (17 percet and 6 percet, respectively), D. Medvedev - 14 percet (20 percet and 13 percet), Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov - 9 percet (9 percet) and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky - 8 percet (10 percet and 8 percet).

The June top ten of most popular politicians also included Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (5 percet), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko (4 percet each) and A Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov (2 percet).

Twelve percent of the respondents said they had no trust in either Russian politician, and another 18 percet said they had no interest in politics.

Some 62 percet of the respondents said the country was on the right track. The percentage was smaller, 60 percet, in May and 43 percet in January. The opposite opinion was expressed by 22 percet of the respondents in June and 41 percet in January.

Sixty percent of the respondents generally approved of the government's work (43 percet in January) and a half (51 percet) were content with the State Duma performance (36 percet).

Almost two-thirds of the respondents (65 percet) told sociologists they were generally satisfied with the work of their governors (the mayor in the case of Moscow) and 34 percet disapproved of their work. The number of disapproving respondents has declined 10 percet since the beginning of the year (44 percet).

The Public Opinion Foundation said on Wednesday two-thirds of the respondents (66 percet) wanted Putin to remain the Russian president after 2018.

The sociologists pointed out that 29 percet of the respondents wished Putin victory in the 2018 election in fall 2012 and 44 percet were against him.

In the opinion of most respondents (55 percet), President Putin is doing better than he did in the first two periods of his office. The indicator has grown significantly since April 2013 (16 percet).

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