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Pollster says nearly 79% of Russians trust Putin

As many as 61.1% of respondents said they trusted Mikhail Mishustin

MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. The Russian public’s level of confidence in President Vladimir Putin has dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 78.5%, according to a poll conducted on November 20-26 and published by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM).

The poll surveyed 1,600 respondents over 18 years of age.

"When asked if they trusted Putin, 78.5% of the poll’s participants said yes (a 0.1 percentage point decline). The share of people surveyed approving of the president’s job performance dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 75.2%," the pollster said.

A total of 49.7% of those polled said they approved of how the Russian government is carrying out its functions (a 1.1 percentage point fall), while 52.3% approve of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s job performance (unchanged). As many as 61.1% of respondents said they trusted Mishustin (a drop of 0.5 percentage points).

As for the leaders of parties represented in parliament, 32.1% of those polled trust Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) leader Gennady Zyuganov (a 1.7 percentage point rise), 29.4% trust A Just Russia - For Truth party leader Sergey Mironov (a 0.6 percentage point increase), 17% of poll participants trust Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) head Leonid Slutsky (a 0.2 percentage point decline), and 7.8% said they trusted New People party chairman Alexey Nechayev (a 1 percentage point drop).

The level of popular support for the ruling United Russia party stood at 40.9% (a 1.1 percentage point rise). The level of support dropped by 0.7 percentage points to 9.2% for the KPRF and rose by 0.4 percentage points to 9.2% for the LDPR. The A Just Russia - For Truth party saw a 0.5% percentage point fall in its popular support to 4.4%, while support for the New People party dropped by 0.4 percentage points to 4.4%.