The rating of approval to work of incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached a new historic maximum of 82.3 percent in Russia at the end of March, results of a sociological survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) suggested.
Such a high level of approval to presidential work was reached mainly thanks to the Republic of Crimea's entry in Russia and a hard situation in Ukraine, as 71 percent of respondents named these events as main in the previous week, sociologists said.
The rating of approval to the country's presidential activity keeps growing for the second month in succession. For the past week, according VCIOM survey results, Putin's rating grew from 75.7 percent to 82.3 percent and went up one fourth from the start of the year from 60.6 percent in January to 74.4 percent in March. So, VCIOM noted that this
figure was getting closely to Putin's rating of 82.9 percent posted six years ago in February 2008.
For the past few months, according to the sociological poll, the level of approval to Putin's work also has grown sharply among Muscovites and St. Petersburg residents and has reached a record level of 81.5 percent for the last week in the last six years.
Electoral rating of ruling United Russia party has also increased for the last few months to reach the highest level of 56.2 percent for the last five years. The United Russia electoral rating has been keeping at around 45 percent for two years.
The VCIOM nationwide poll was conducted on March 22-23. As many as 1,600 people in 130 settlements in 42 regions, territories and republics in Russia were polled. A margin of error does not exceed 3.4 percent in the survey.