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Putin’s team includes professionals and supporters — poll

March 23, 2015, 10:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The majority of respondents believe that Putin’s supporters help him fulfill his goals and objectives

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MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Most Russians are confident that President Vladimir Putin’s team consists of professionals and supporters, a poll by Russia Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) said on Monday.

Sociologists decided to study Russians’ assessments of the Putin’s team, in particular, its composition and effectiveness.

Most of respondents (93%) said that Putin can rely on his team. One third of those polled (37%) are confident that the team consists mostly of professionals, while other 37% say most people in Putin’s team are his supporters. Only 13% of respondents said that the president gathered his friends and acquaintances around him.

Participants in the poll were also asked what kind of people should be included in the president’s team. Sixty-one percent of respondents said that Putin needs more supporters who share his views. Thirty-one percent said that the president should be surrounded by professionals. Only two percent of respondents said they would like to see more Putin’s friends in his team, while six percent of participants remained undecided.

The majority of respondents (64%) believe that Putin’s supporters help him fulfill his goals and objectives. Only 14% of people said the president’s team rather hampers his work than helps.

The poll was conducted on February 7-8, 2015. Around 1,600 people from 132 Russian cities and towns took part in the survey. Statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.

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