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Levada Centre: What Russians think about the forthcoming elections

Source: (info), 01/02/12

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Less than half of Russians are certain that the upcoming presidential elections will be fair, while 78 percent are convinced that Vladimir Putin, the current prime minister, will again become head of state.

As Interfax reports, these are the results of a survey conducted by Levada Centre. Only 49 percent of respondents think the upcoming elections will be honest, 28 percent do not believe this, and 23 percent find it hard to give an opinion on this question. At the same time, 30 percent of respondents expect that there will be less fraud in the presidential elections than there was in the elections to the State Duma. 10 percent think there will be no violations or fraud.

37 percent of respondents think there will be as much or more fraud in comparison with the recent State Duma elections. About 3 percent of those asked believe that a candidate other than Vladimir Putin will win the elections.

As writes, 53 percent believe Vladimir Putin will win the presidential elections in the first round; 28 percent think he will win in the second round; 4 percent believe he will lose the election.

On 25 January the Levada Centre published the results of a poll according to which the number of those ready to vote for Vladimir Putin, if the presidential election was held on 5 February, was 37 percent. 15 percent intended to vote for Gennady Ziuganov, leader of the Communist Party; 9 percent would have voted for for Vladimir Zhirinovsky; 6 percent for Mikhail Prokhorov; and 5 percent for Sergei Mironov. A further 2 percent would vote for the founder of the Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky.
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3 Feb 2012, 13:41