“If not Putin, then who?”: More than half of Russians see no alternative to the President
Almost two-thirds of Russians (64%), who intend to participate in presidential elections in 2018, are ready to support the incumbent Head of State, Vladimir Putin. According to a survey by Levada Center cited by Vedomosti, over a month, his rating has strengthened by 4 percentage points.
28% more of those surveyed have not yet decided for whom they will vote. The rest are going to vote for other candidates: 2% – for the leaders of the LDPR and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Gennady Zyuganov, 1% – for opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
At the same time, if Putin does not run for president, then the main contender for the post will be Dmitry Medvedev, supported by 8% of respondents.
More than half of Russians do not see an alternative to Putin: 55% of respondents found it difficult to say who will they vote for if the current president refuses to participate in the elections.
To recall, in June, two-thirds (66%) of the participants in the survey by Levada Center declared their desire to see Putin at the head of the state after 2018. In May, the electoral rating of the Russian president reached a historic high. According to sociologists, 82% of those voters who would definitely come to the polling station were ready to vote for him.
The presidential election will be held in March 2018. Some candidates have already announced their intention to run. Oppositionist Alexey Navalny was first to announce this; leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and the founder of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, also intend to run for president.
Putin has yet to officially announce his nomination as a candidate. In the summer, in response to a question from Buryat victims of fire, he promised to “think about it.” Last week, at a plenary meeting of the Russian Energy Week Forum, Putin reiterated he had not yet decided whether he would run.
At the same time, he added that the presidential campaign might be launched “in late November or early December.” However, some media believe that Putin's election campaign has already begun on an informal basis. Western representatives have no doubt that Putin will not only be nominated as a candidate, but win.
Earlier, sociologists had conducted an experiment in which it was found out that a significant part of Russians (18%) were ready to vote for anyone, if this person was supported by Vladimir Putin. In particular, it concerned supporting a certain Andrey Semyonov, fake candidate invented by sociologists. The Kremlin called those results a sign of absolute confidence in the authorities of this part of society.
The other day, it was reported that Putin began to receive deputies' petitions asking him to run for a new term due to the “threat of society collapse.” However, there are also those who call upon Putin “to leave with his head held high.” Experts have even made a rating of politicians who theoretically could replace Putin as President of the Russian Federation. The top three leaders included Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, and Tula Governor Aleksey Dyumin.
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