The All-Russian Center for the Survey of Public Opinion is carrying out an ongoing survey (information in Russian) of which politicians Russians voters trust most. In each survey, a total of 1,600 respondents across Russia are each asked to name half a dozen politicos who can be trusted, and a ranking results. Here’s the most recent tally, with the designee’s name followed by the percent of respondents who named her/him (interestingly, although voters profess to trust Putin, they don’t trust the people he’s appointed to run his government; horrifyingly, not one single opposition political leader is named):
2. TIE: Dmitry Medvedev & Sergei Ivanov (19%)
4. Sergei Shoigu (12%)
5. Vladimir Zhirinovsky (9%)
6. TIE: Gennady Zyuganov & Mikhail Fradkov (5%)
8. TIE: Yuri Luzhkov, Boris Gryzlov, Aman Tulyeev, Valentina Matvienko (4%)
12. Sergei Mironov (3%)
Barely more than half the Russian people trust Vladimir Putin, but over three quarters approve of what he is doing as president and he’s been elected twice by landslide margins.
And so it goes in Russia.