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Most Russians Do Not Believe Rift Growing Between Putin, Medvedev - Poll

Dmitri Medvedev and Vladimir PutinMOSCOW. April 27 (Interfax) - More than 55% of Russians believe the rumors on growing disagreements between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are far-fetched, as is seen from a nationwide public opinion poll conducted by Levada Center on April 15-18, 2011.

At the same time, the number of Russians who think these rumors could be true has grown to 20% from 12% in the past 1.5 years, the poll has shown.

As many as 38% of the respondents said both Medvedev and Putin should run in the elections, 18% would not like to see either of them running, 19% would prefer Putin as a presidential candidate and 12% Medvedev. Another 13% were undecided.

As many as 32% of the respondents are sure that the name of the future Russian president will be determined by what Putin and Medvedev agree upon, and about the same number of the respondents are sure that the voters will have the final say. In January 2011, these figures were 43% and 27%.

The poll also showed that 38% of Russians do not care when it becomes clear who is going to run for president in 2012, and 16% expect this to happen soon.

Taking more questions from the sociologists, 36% said they would welcome it if Medvedev becomes the leader of a new political party, 38% would disapprove of this, and 27% were undecided.

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