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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhirinovsky Tops Poll of Funniest Politicians

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, is the country's wittiest politician, while President Vladimir Putin is a distant second, according to a new poll.

A total of 57 percent of people surveyed by the the state-controlled VTsIOM polling agency said that Zhirinovsky had the best sense of humor of any politician, and 17 percent said the same about Putin.

But 30 percent of respondents said they could not think of any politician who had a sense of humor.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov took third place in the survey, with 3 percent, while Unified Energy Systems chief Anatoly Chubais took fourth, with 2 percent.

Asked whom they would like to joke with, most -- 58 percent -- said they could not name a politician who would put them in a joking mood. Twenty-three percent picked Zhirinovsky, and 5 percent picked Putin. Chubais, however, placed second in this category, with 7 percent.

Two percent each said they would like to joke with Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, Luzhkov and liberal politician Irina Khakamada.

The poll of 1,592 people was conducted on March 25 and 26 in 153 cities across the country.

It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.