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).