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I saw Zhirinovski as the #3 most popular and thought "holy crap!", then I was him as the #1 least trusted (50% more untrusted than trusted) and calmed down a bit.

Are the low percentages of trust for everyone other than Putin down to name recognition?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 10th, 2006 at 07:05:47 AM EST
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The way I read it, the question was about whom people trust most and least - e.g. different people were the alternatives in the question, not trust/distrust.

Regarding Zhirinovski, also consider the Le Pen effect: he may be third due to the votes of the wide majority going many ways, but that doesn't mean he stands a chance in hell in a runoff.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed May 10th, 2006 at 07:35:03 AM EST
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The majority have a pretty good name recognition, just not a positive one. I think the general sense is that politicians from Yeltsin's time should go; at the same time at the moment neither Duma (parliament) nor the Government enjoy high approval ratings, and that reflects on number of politicians.

Some of the ratings are managed to keep them lower. Say, when Rogozin (Rodina) became too popular, his party was denied elections in few regions and was quickly labeled as a "fascist" in the press.

by blackhawk on Wed May 10th, 2006 at 08:58:25 AM EST
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