In the new poll, the president scored 4.65 points, and researchers pointed out that the importance of his role in the fate of the nation grows steadily each year.Kirill Kuhmar/TASS
The Russian president has the most significant role in the nation’s life, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Levada Centre. Respondents were asked to assess the impact of state and public institutions on a scale of one to five (one = practically none; five = very much).
The president scored 4.65 points, and researchers pointed out that the importance of his role in the fate of the nation grows steadily each year. A year ago Russians assessed his role at 4.57; that figure in 2015 was 4.5; in 2014 it was 4.21; and in 2013 it was 4.17.
The Armed Forces and the Federal Security Service (FSB) share second place at 4.1 points each. Both institutions also improved their standing compared to last year. The military’s ranking grew by 0.01 percent, and the FSB's by 0.07 percent.
The four-percent threshold was also crossed by the presidential administration and the government. The poll also found that political parties, the intelligentsia, and trade unions play the least significant roles in the life of the nation.
The poll was conducted on Jan. 20-23 among 1,600 people over the age of 18 living in 137 population centers in 48 Russian regions.
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