The share of Russians who would prefer Vladimir Putin to continue leading their country after the 2018 presidential polls has risen to a four-year high and is currently at 63 percent, according to the latest public opinion poll.

 

The Levada independent research center reported on Tuesday that in October this year the share of Russians who said that they would prefer Putin to remain president for another term was 63 percent, with 18 percent saying that they would prefer another scenario and 19 percent refusing to give an unambiguous answer to the question.

 

For comparison, in October 2012 only 34 percent of respondents claimed positive attitude towards a fourth presidential term for Putin and 40 percent described such an outcome as undesirable. The share of those who could not answer the question was 26 percent back then.