Russian President Vladimir Putin's rating is at its highest in the last few years, results of a sociological survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) made public on Thursday suggested.
According to sociologists, the rating of approval of presidential activity reached its highest of 71.6 percent for the last few years.
Meanwhile, VCIOM experts noted that Russians have praised highly Vladimir Putin's work already for a few weeks, as the rating of approval of Russian presidential activity has gone up 9.7 percent since mid-February.
"This takes place amid a political crisis in Ukraine, the situation in Crimea (64 percent of respondents named these events as the main ones last week) and in view of a quite victorious performance of Russian national team at the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the start of the Winter Paralympic Games (32 percent)," VCIOM indicated.
VCIOM experts also noted that Russians had approved the presidential work at a level of more than 60 percent in the last few years. The previous highest presidential electoral rating was reported in May 2012 (68.8 percent) right after Putin's presidential inauguration, they recalled.
VCIOM has conducted an all-Russia survey on March 8-9, 2014. As many as 1,600 people from 130 Russian settlements participated in the survey. Its margin of error does not exceed 3.4 percent.
It is noteworthy that experts of the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) had found similar figures. According to FOM survey results made public on Wednesday 70 percent of Russians would vote for Putin if presidential elections were held next Sunday.