22 Dec 2017 21:03

Poll: 44% of Russians followed Putin's press conference live or on news

MOSCOW. Dec 22 (Interfax) - Most Russians (71%) know of the recent press conference of President Vladimir Putin and 44% of them followed it live or saw/heard reports about it, the Public Opinion fund reports.

Out of those who examined the contents of the press conference 30% said they liked the questions that journalists put to Putin.

Out of Putin's dialogue with media representatives Russians remember primarily the question from TV anchor Ksenia Sobchak about the opposition in Russia (6%) and the question from to board chairman of the Murmansk fish processing plant (5%). The most memorable subjects were "relations with Ukraine, Mikheil Saakashvili, the exchange of prisoners", "the army, the joke about the dirk," "relations with the United States."

Most of those who personally saw the live broadcast or reports of Putin's appearance believe that the president was sincere in his answers (36%). They also said that things that concern them personally (23%) were spoken most of all at the press conference.

According to the poll conducted on December 16-17 among 1,500 Russians in 104 cities and towns in 53 constituent territories Russians if were possible would want to ask Putin about people's wellbeing and social problems (20% each).

There was the annual large-scale press conference of the Russian president on December 14 that lasted for 3 hours and 42 minutes. During that time journalists asked him 65 questions.

Thus the record of 2008 when the press conference of the head of state lasted for 4 hours and 40 minutes during which he answered over 100 questions was not broken. In 2016 the event lasted for 3 hours and 50 minutes with Putin answering 62 questions.

This year a record number of Russian and foreign media were accredited to the presidential press conference - over 1,600 people.