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The Number: 76% - Russians Have Confidence in Medvedev

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76% - Russians Have Confidence in Medvedev

Despite worldwide skepticism of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, he remains popular at home — though not quite as popular as his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, now prime minister. Strong majorities of Russians express confidence in both their president (76%) and prime minister (81%) to do the right thing in world affairs — but just slightly more express confidence in Putin than in Medvedev. Moreover, the high-profile role Putin appeared to play in international and domestic issues over the last year is reflected in Russian opinions over who is in charge. Almost six-in-10 Russians (58%) believe that Putin has more political power in the country than Medvedev. Fewer than one-in-five (16%) believe that the president has the most political power, and just about a quarter (23%) volunteered that the two leaders share power together. By contrast, last year following the 2008 presidential election in Russia, roughly half of Russians (48%) expected Putin to have more power than Medvedev. But roughly equal percentages felt either that Medvedev (22%) would be more powerful or volunteered that both (24%) leaders would share their hold on the reins of power