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Russia's independent pollster is back to politics, and Putin's numbers look good


The presidential election is over, so the “foreign agent” Levada Center is back to publishing political surveys. According to data released on March 21, Russians’ faith in the state’s direction is holding steadily above 50 percent, rising to 58 percent just before Sunday’s vote. 

Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is at 80 percent (up from 76 percent in February, and down from 85 percent in January 2017). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, meanwhile, continues to lose support: his approval rating slipped to 39 percent, down from 53 percent in January 2017.