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MOSCOW, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s electoral rating rose in December, returning to 2000s levels, a new opinion poll by the independent Levada Center showed.
Asked whom they would vote for if a presidential election took place next Sunday, 68 percent of respondents said they would vote for Putin, up 10 percent from figures in December 2012.
The figures for Putin’s closest possible rival, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, were 11 percent, slightly down from the December 2012 figure of 12 percent.
Some 18 months after Putin’s return to presidency, a total of 22 percent of Russians said they want him to be re-elected after his six-year term expires in 2018.
Another 47 percent of respondents said they want another person to be Russia’s president.
Meanwhile, just 12 percent of those polled said they could name a possible successor for Putin, while 31 percent said there is no person in Russia who could replace Putin currently.
The survey was conducted on December 20-24, 2013, among 1,600 people in 45 Russian regions. The statistical margin of error did not exceed 3.4 percent.
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- Mikhail1228Putin is a real leader!01:16, 22/01/2014Putin is a real man and a strong leader.
Some people in the West think that it's necessary for little children to hear about the gay lifestyle and have it promoted to them? I have to laud President Putin for having the balls to stand up against this shit and for standing up for traditional families, children and the Christian Faith. Our leaders in the US are too weak and spineless to do the same. Our spineless and wimpy leaders are more interested in being "Politically Correct" than being men and standing up for what they truly believe.
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Europe is not an alien civilization to Putin. If the Russian world wins, the European family would likely offer a place – possibly the pride of place – to a new and better Russia, with its large population consisting of many ethnic groups. By incorporating Crimea, Russia has not left Europe but has re-entered it after 20 years of living in isolation.