73% of Russians approve of President Vladimir Putin's performance in office. This conclusion was reached by experts at the All-Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research. In March Putin had the support of 72% of the people, compared to 75% in March 2001, a year after his election. 20% of Russians disapprove of his performance (24% in March 2002 and 19% in March 2001). Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has the support of 43% of the Russian people. 38% disapprove of his performance.
On average, 59% of those polled were happy with their governors' actions, while 35% were dissatisfied. A year ago the figure for those satisfied with their governors was higher. 30% of people rate the actions of the President's plenipotentiary in their district positively. This figure has remained fairly consistent for the last two years. 38% of people are dissatisfied with their plenipotentiary, which is also a stable figure.
The poll was carried out between July 26 and 29. 1600 people from 83 towns and villages in 33 regions took part.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia