Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during his meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
Sixty-four percent of Russians put President Vladimir Putin at the top of the 2012 rating of domestic elites and people of the greatest service to the homeland.
Putin's rating rose by 6%, from 58% in 2011, the Russian Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM) told Interfax on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ranks second with 41%, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ranks third with a sensational upgrade from 2% in 2011 to 30% in 2012.
Other members of the top ten are singer Alla Pugacheva (18 percent), businessman and politician Mikhail Prokhorov (9 percent in 2011, 16 percent in 2012), Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (15 percent), Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov (11 percent), TV anchor Andrei Malakhov (11 percent), singer Philip Kirkorov (8 percent), Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill (8 percent), actor and TV personality Maxim Galkin (6 percent), singer Nikolai Baskov (5 percent), television journalist Vladimir Pozner (5 percent), figure skater Yevgeny Plushchenko (5 percent) and singer Sofia Rotaru (5 percent).
A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov, composer Igor Krutoi, film director Nikita Mikhalkov, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, television personality Xenia Sobchak and journalist Vladimir Solovyev gained 4%. Singer Stas Mikhailov, businessman Roman Abramovich and TV anchor Ivan Urgant were at the bottom of the rating's first quarter (3 percent each).
Two percent was gained by Yabloko Party co-founder Grigory Yavlinsky, Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, soccer player Andrei Arshavin, ex-boxer Nikolai Valuyev, actors Sergei Bezrukov, Larisa Guzeyeva and Ivan Okhlobystin, composer Igor Nikolayev, opera signer Dmitry Khvorostovsky, singer Grigory Leps, TV anchors Yelena Malysheva and Arkady Mamontov, writer Darya Dontsova, children's doctor Leonid Roshal and Academician Zhores Alferov.
Other people gained less than 1 percent, among them opposition activists Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov.
VTsIOM polled 1,600 adults in 138 towns and cities in 46 regions in December. The rating omitted uncertain responses.