More than half of the Russian Israelis surveyed on Vladimir Putin becoming prime minister of Russia refused to answer the question.
The survey asked Russian Israelis about Putin retaining power when his presidential term expires. Only 19 percent supported naming Putin prime minister.
Putin is limited by Russian law to the two terms he has served. His hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, has said that if elected in March he will name Putin his prime minister.
Among Putin’s greatest supporters were Russian Israelis with a doctorate, 40 percent. Thirty-percent of Sharon-area residents, in the central part of the country, and 31 percent of Russian Israelis who immigrated from 1998 to 2007 also backed Putin.
His greatest opposition came from Jerusalem residents, 38 percent, and Russian Israelis who immigrated from 1998-99, with 36 percent.
Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications conducted the survey of 506 Russian Israelis on Jan. 2. The poll had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.