President Vladimir Putin attending the 6th Annual VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling" at the World Trade Center in Moscow, Oct. 2. Source: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
Russian President Vladimir Putin's electoral rating remains high, and he would win presidential elections in a landslide should they be held next Sunday, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax based on a public opinion poll of 1,600 respondents conducted in 134 communities in 46 regions of Russia on February 20-23.
Without having been offered to choose among particular candidates, 55 percent of all respondents and 86 percent of those who have already made their choice said they would vote for Putin, the poll shows. When the respondents were asked the same question and offered to choose between particular candidates, Putin was mentioned by 59 percent of the respondents in general and by 80 percent of those who had decided for whom to vote.
Another 7 percent would vote for Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, 4 percent for Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and 1 percent each for Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The poll also showed that 57 percent of Russians would like Putin to be reelected for another term in 2018, 25 percent want another person to replace him, and 19 percent were undecided.
If elections to the State Duma were held next Sunday, 64 percent of those who are determined to vote would back United Russia, 17 percent the Communist Party, 8 percent the Liberal Democratic Party, 2 percent the unregistered Party of Progress, 1 percent Civil Platform and A Just Russia each, and 5 percent would vote against everyone.
In the view of 41 percent of those polled, when power belongs to the same people for many years, this ensures order and stability in the country, 19 percent do not care who is in power as long as the law is observed, 18 percent believe this leads to growing arbitrariness, corruption, and abuse, 12 percent believe this leads a country to stagnation and backwardness, and 9 percent were undecided.
The job approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin has grown one percentage point in the past month, rising to 86 percent in February against 85 percent in January, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax on Thursday.
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