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Interfax, November 2, 2003

Putin's political rating remains high - poll

MOSCOW. November 2 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's political rating remains high. This week, Putin was supported by nearly 73% of the respondents polled by the VTSIOM-A independent non-profitl pollster. Twenty four percent of those surveyed said their opinion of Putin's performance was negative. Last week's results were 74% and 23%, respectively.

VTSIOM-A polled 1,600 people in 40 regions and 100 populated areas on its own initiative from October 24 to 28. The margin of the poll was 3.4%. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov received approval from 39% and disapproval from 50% of those polled.

On the whole, the government was supported by 37% and criticized by 56% of the respondents this week.

Putin's trust rating remains indisputably high at 47% , up 5% from last week. Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu comes second (19%) and Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov third (14%.)

Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky is trusted by 11% of those surveyed and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov by 9% of the respondents. The list of the ten most popular Russian politicians also includes Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov (8%, each,) Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov (7%), State Duma Deputy Sergei Glazyev (6%,) and Governor of St.Petersburg Valentina Matviyenko (5%.)

Twenty percent of those polled do not trust any Russian politicians.


See also:

State Duma elections 2003

Presidential elections 2004

Interfax, November 2, 2003

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