Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has the support of 39 percent of voters, according to an opinion poll by the Public Opinion Foundation published just over a week before Dec. 4 elections.
United Russia, which garnered 64 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in 2007, has seen its support slide from 51 percent at the start of the year, according to the Moscow- based polling agency.
Putin’s personal rating has fallen to a seven-year low of 46 percent, the Nov. 19-20 survey of 3,000 people showed. The poll, published today on the Moscow-based agency’s website, gave no margin of error.
The 59-year-old prime minister plans to return to the Kremlin next year by swapping jobs with President Dmitry Medvedev, who replaced him in 2008 after Putin served the constitutional limit of two consecutive presidential terms. On Nov. 20, spectators at a mixed martial-arts fight in Moscow appeared to boo Putin, who could be president for another 12 years, making him the longest-serving Russian leader since Josef Stalin.
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