According to Levada Center, in November, 2016 Russia’s political institutes improved their standing in the public opinion polls. President Vladimir Putin’s rating increased by one point compared to October, 2016, reaching 86 percent; Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s rating reached 52 percent (plus four points); 50 percent of the respondents also said they approved of the government’s work (plus three points); and 44 percent said they approved of the State Duma (plus four points). Overall, 56 percent believe that the country is going in the right direction (a 6-percent increase compared to September, 2016). Also, among Russia’s top politicians that they trust the most, the respondents named Vladimir Putin (59 percent), Sergei Shoigu (27 percent) and Sergei Lavrov (25 percent).

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