Putin’s popularity among Russians grows: Poll

May 18th, 2012 - 8:14 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, May 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Electoral ratings of Russian President Vladimir Putin have grown to 55 percent returning to 2010 levels, according to a pollster Thursday.

The Public Opinion Foundation said Putin’s ratings hit 56 percent in the second half of 2010, but dropped to 43 percent in 2011, and gradually rose to 54 percent on the eve of the March 4 presidential elections.

Putin won a landslide victory at the elections and will rule Russia for at least six years in tandem with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The ratings of the ruling United Russia party grew to 47 percent in contrast with December 2011 when they dropped to 30 percent during general elections.

The poll was conducted by the foundation among 3,000 respondents in 64 regions of Russia.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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