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Spokesman sees traditionally high approval rating as 'The Putin phenomenon'

Commenting on the president’s approval rating, it was stressed that "these are traditionally very high figures"

MOSCOW, November 28./TASS/. The habitually high level of confidence that citizens have in the president can be called the Vladimir Putin phenomenon, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, noting that weekly fluctuations in the index of trust were insignificant.

"The people’s support is key for Putin, the support of the people and the people’s trust. Putin always bases all his decisions and work on this broad support, as he has repeatedly said this himself," Peskov told journalists.

Commenting on the president’s approval rating, he stressed that "these are traditionally very high figures".

"Some small nuances, small changes occur from week to week, what we see in the surveys. But in general, indeed, this is such a ‘Putin phenomenon’ - a high level of public confidence. This suggests that he is working effectively, and most importantly, what he is doing really meets the expectations of the people," Peskov summed up.

According to data from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center on November 25, the level of confidence in Putin edged up 0.7 percentage points to 78.7%, while his approval rating rose by 1.3 percentage points to 75%.