Russians prefer Putin for future president: poll
Twice as many Russians would prefer Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to President Dmitry Medvedev if both went head-to-head in the 2012 presidential election, according to a poll published Monday.
Putin, who could not run in the 2008 election after serving two full terms as president from 2000-2008, would receive 30 percent of the votes, while the current president Medvedev would get just 14 percent.
Out of the 1,600 Russians who responded to the region-wide study carried out by the independent Levada Center, 21 percent said they would be happy with both Putin or Medvedev, while 19 percent said they would vote for neither.
Medvedev, who was elected in 2008 with Putin's backing, got his strongest support from Russians aged between 18 and 24, while Putin was the most popular choice among women, the elderly and those living in large cities.
The 2012 presidential election is scheduled to take place in the spring. Neither of the two main rivals has said he will run.
© 2010 AFP