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 Russians trust their government and parliament half as much over year, remain supportive of Putin, - survey

Over the past 12 months, the trust of Russian citizens in almost all public institutions has declined.

Censor.NET reports citing ZN.UA referring to a survey by Levada-Center.

As noted, the most significant decline in confidence is observed towards such political institutions as the government (45 percent in 2015 vs 26 percent in 2016), the State Duma (40 percent vs 22 percent) and regional authorities (38 percent vs 23 percent). The trust in these institutions is even lower than it had been prior to the occupation of Crimea.

According to the survey, the confidence in Russia's most trusted institutions has fallen insignificantly: the president enjoys trust of 74 percent of the respondents, the army of 60 percent, state security authorities - 46 percent, and the church - 43 percent.

Russian media is trusted by 27 percent of Russian citizens, the police by 24 percent, judiciary by 22 percent, banks by 15 percent.

The survey was conducted during Sept. 23-26, 2016. 1,600 people from 137 settlements across Russia's 48 regions took part in the survey. The sampling error makes 3.4 percent.

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