MOSCOW, April 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russians quizzed in an opinion poll released on Friday handed their government, headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the unflattering equivalent to a "C" grade for overall performance.
The government scored 3.2 out of five in the poll, where a five would equal an "A" grade in Western parlance.
In other findings in the poll, carried out by the state-run Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), 31 percent of respondents said the government, which began work in May 2012, was functioning worse than they had expected.
Just 4 percent said it was operating better than they had expected.
However, 71 percent said the current government was working no worse than the previous cabinet, headed by Vladimir Putin before his return to the Kremlin last year.
Valery Fedorov, the head of the pollster, also said around 20 percent of respondents considered the government’s work over the past year “unsuccessful,” while a similar number believed otherwise.
The most popular minister was Sergei Shoigu, the current defense minister and former emergencies minister.
The poll comes amid mounting media speculation that Putin is preparing to dismiss the government, after he was shown on a leaked video this week criticizing senior officials.
The opinion poll was carried out 13-14 April among 1,600 people. The margin of error was no greater than 3.4 percent.