Poll shows 65 percent of Russians approve Putin's performance - poll
As many as 65 percent of Russians praised Vladimir Putin's performance as president in January, which is as many as was in December 2013, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax on Thursday in summing up outcomes of a nationwide poll of 1,603 Russians it conducted in 130 communities in 45 regions of Russia on January 24-27.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's approval rating slightly declined in January to 48 percent from 51 percent in December 2013.
The poll showed that 34 percent of the respondents (36 percent in December) trust Putin and 13 percent (14 percent) Medvedev.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is currently trusted by 19 percent of the respondents, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov by 9 percent, Liberal-Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky by 8 percent, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by 6 percent, Civil Platform party leader Mikhail Prokhorov by 5 percent, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia by 5 percent, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin by 3 percent, A Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov by 2 percent, and Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko by 2 percent.
Another 19 percent of the respondents do not trust any Russian politicians.
Asked about their confidence in the government as a whole, 43 percent of Russians said they trust it and 56 percent they do not (the figures remained the same as in December). The approval rating of the State Duma deputies has slightly gone down to 36 percent from 39 percent in December.
As many as 43 percent of those polled believe the things in the country are going in the right direction as a whole, while 41 percent disagree with this.
Over half of those polled - 54 percent - said also that they are basically content with performances of their governors, or the mayor in the case of Moscow, while 44 percent disapprove of it.
The poll's margin of error is within 3.4 percent.