Putin's electoral support reaches 71 percent by late August - Public Opinion Foundation

Seventy-one percent of the respondents surveyed by the Public Opinion Foundation said they would vote for Vladimir Putin for president if presidential elections were held in Russia this coming Sunday.

Seventy-one percent of the respondents surveyed by the Public Opinion Foundation said they would vote for Vladimir Putin for president if presidential elections were held in Russia this coming Sunday.

This level of support is the highest since 2008.

The poll, which was conducted on August 23-24, 2014, surveys 3,000 respondents living in 204 populated areas in 64 regions of Russia. The statistical margin of error does not exceed 3.3 percent.

Six percent of the respondents said they would vote for Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 4 percent said they would vote for Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, 2 percent said they would vote for Mikhail Prokhorov, and 1 percent said they would vote for A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov if presidential elections were held in Russia this coming Sunday.

Seven percent of the respondents said they were undecided, 1 percent said they would spoil their ballots, and 8 percent said they would not vote.

A survey conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation on August 3 showed that 68 percent of the respondents would vote for Putin (like in June-July).

According to the Public Opinion Foundation, Putin's confidence rating reached 83 percent by late August.

Responding to a question as to whether they trust Putin, 36 percent of the respondents said they trust him "unconditionally" and 47 percent said they are "inclined to trust him." Six percent of the respondents said they do not trust Putin and 8 percent said they are not inclined to trust him.

When asked to evaluate Putin's work as president, 82 percent of the respondents surveyed in late August gave positive marks (against 80 percent in June-July). Eight percent of the respondents gave negative marks to Putin's work.

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