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The year spent by Mikhail Kasynov outside big politics has had a negative effect on his reputation in Russia
The year spent by Mikhail Kasynov, Russia's ex-premier, outside big politics has had a negative effect on his reputation in Russia. The share of Russians who thought well of him has dwindled to a half of his former supporters (from 25% to 13%), whereas the share of those who disliked him has slightly grown (from 10% to 13%). This is shown by the data of the representative nationwide public opinion poll held by the Public Opinion foundation. The poll was conducted in 100 cities and settlements of 44 Russia's regions, territories and republics by interviewing people in their place of residence. It was held on March 5-6, with 1,500 respondents taking part. An additional poll was conducted among 600 Muscovites. The statistical error does not exceed 3.6%. In retrospect, the Kasyanov government's activity is assessed much worse than after his dismissal in the spring of 2004. Today, only 18% of the respondents believe that it worked well, whereas 39% are of the opposite opinion. A year ago, these indicators were 33% and 32%, respectively. The increasing time-lapse since Kasyanov's premiership explains the following paradox: the share of Russians believing that Mikhail Fradkov, the current prime minister, is doing better than his predecessor in his job as head of the Cabinet, has been growing of late (in December 2004, 12% of the respondents thought so, whereas now 16%of the respondents share this opinion). Meanwhile, the rating of the present government is falling. The share of those who think that the present government shows a poor performance has grown from 22% to 27%, while that of those who approve of its work regarding it as good or excellent has dropped from 9% to 6%.
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