Moscow: If the Russian presidential elections
were held now, the incumbent Dmitry Medvedev would easily win
over his rivals, provided Vladimir Putin stays out of the race
for the top Kremlin job, according to a latest opinion poll.
Medvedev would bag over 50 per cent votes, followed
at a distant second by firebrand leader of the Liberal
Democratic Party (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5 per cent
while Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov could garner 4 per
cent, according to the poll conducted by VTsIOM pollster.
The survey covered 1,600 respondents in 46 of the
country`s 83 regions and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent
In a separate survey on the public`s trust enjoyed
by the politicians, Putin topped with a 48 per cent trust
rating compared with Medvedev`s 42 per cent.
On several occasions Putin and Medvedev have said
that the two will sit down and decide together about running
for the top Kremlin job in 2012, depending on the situation.