OREANDA-NEWS. The approval rating of the work of Russian President Vladimir Putin as of March 17 showed a maximum since the beginning of 2019, it exceeded the 65% threshold, according to the poll held by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).

The majority of Russians (65.3%) approve of the work of the President Vladimir Putin, according to published results of a study by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).

"The indicator of approval of the president’s activity on average from March 11 to March 17 has been positively corrected to 65.3% - a maximum in the last six months," the report published on the VTsIOM website says.

It is noted that the work of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the country's government also increased and amounted to 38% and 41%, respectively, while the government and its heads are not approved by 47.1% of respondents.

Answering the question to whom the respondents would entrust the solution of important state issues, Putin enjoys the greatest confidence - 33.4% of citizens trust him, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu (14.7%) takes second place, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov takes the third place ( 11.7%).

“Vladimir Zhirinovsky remains the leader of distrust - almost a quarter of respondents (23.5%) would not entrust him the solution of any important state issues,” the report says.

According to VTsIOM, if the State Duma elections were held this Sunday, 34.8% of the respondents would vote for “United Russia”, 16.5% would support the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, 11.3% would elect the Liberal Democratic Party, and 6.6% of respondents would choose “Just Russia”.

Initiative all-Russian polls "VTsIOM-Sputnik" were conducted in the period from January to March 2019, citizens from 18 years of age were participating. A telephone interview was used as a method for stratified dibasic random sampling of fixed and mobile numbers. The maximum size of the error with a probability of 95% does not exceed 1% for data collected during seven days (11,200 people).