The approval rating of Patriarch Kirill is the highest in Russia

Moscow, October 1, Interfax – At the moment Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is supported by 69% of respondents. According to the sociologists of Levada-Center, received by Interfax, it is the highest approval rating among the Russian politicians.

Only 28% of respondents criticized him. Also 73% of those polled announced their support for the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church, and 24% did not.

The work approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin has gained five percentage points in the past month, rising from 63% in August to 68% in September, Levada-Center sociologists told Interfax on Wednesday.

The number of respondents who disapprove of the president’s policies decreased from 35% in August to 31% in September.

61% of those polled said they approved of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s work (57% in August), and 38% criticized him (41% in August).

The number of respondents critical of the Russian government’s performance has grown by five percentage points since May and stands at 51% in September, the sociologists said.

60% of those polled said they disapprove of the State Duma’s work (55%).

Asked to name ten political figures they trust the most, 36% of respondents mentioned Putin, 23% – Medvedev, 10% – Moscow Region Governor Sergey Shoigu, 8% – Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 8% – Communist Party chairman Gennady Zyuganov, 6% – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, 5% – businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, 4% – Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, 4% – a Just Russia party leader Sergey Mironov, and 4% – Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko.

22% of those polled said they do not trust any politician in Russia.

The public opinion survey was conducted in 45 Russian regions and involved 1,600 people.