Asked which of the eight candidates they would not support at the upcoming election under any circumstance, 6 percent of respondents mentioned the incumbent president, while the previous figures showed that his disapproval rating stood at 7 percent of respondents.
Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak's disapproval rating stood at 82 percent, while 26 and 33 percent of voters said they would not cast their ballots for head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky or co-founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, respectively, the poll showed.
VTsIOM has been conducting daily phone interviews in 2017 and 2018 on its own initiative with its own funds. During the 2017 interviews, the pollster asked 600 respondents on a daily basis. The daily rate increased to 1,000 people in the 2018 interviews.
The figures released on Monday are based on the interviews carried out on March 3-4 among adults. The interviews were conducted between the residents of about 600 settlements located in at least 80 Russian regions.
The margin of error is below 2.5 percent if the survey is based on interviews of about 1,800 people and below 1.8 percent if up to 3,000 people are interviewed.