If you had any doubt as to where the political weight is in the Putin-Medvedev Tandem — or the level of popular support of political developments associated with Medvedev (reset, modernization), the latest polling data leave no doubt:
In response to the question, “Whom would you like to see as a candidate in the Russian presidential election of 2012?” 30% raised their hands for Putin, while only 14% did so for Medvedev.
The best part? Medvedev comes in dead last.
The second candidate? With 21%, “both of them.” Third? With 19%, “neither one,” and with 16% (that’s two more points than Dmitry “Free iPhone” Medvedev), “had difficulty responding.”
via the Levada Center