Moscow - Trust in President Vladimir Putin has plunged to 39 percent among ordinary Russians, according to an opinion poll published yesterday amid popular discontent over pension reforms. The survey by the independent Levada Centre found that trust in Putin has fallen nine percentage points since June and a total of 20 percentage points since November 2017. Thirteen percent of Russians said they did not trust him, according to the latest poll carried out between September 20 and 26. Putin's personal style of rule means he "cannot hand over responsibility to someone else" for unpopular decisions, political analyst Dmitry Orlov told Vedomosti. Putin's lowest ever rating in such a Levada poll was in August 2013, when just 30 percent named him as a trusted politician.
Source: Philippine Star October 08, 2018 18:11 UTC