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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

“Slander, coercion, fraud: the survey revealed the opinion of Russians on the Duma elections

The specialists of “Levada-center” conducted a survey of Russians about their attitude to the upcoming September 18 elections to the state Duma of the seventh convocation. The results were not rosy. Despite all the government attempts to show the reality of the upcoming elections, in this situation believe less than half of the respondents. Over 40% continue to believe that we are waiting for numerous violations, combat simulation and the distribution of seats at the behest of the authorities.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

On the website of the Analytical center of Yuri Levada published survey data on the beliefs of Russians about the legitimacy of the upcoming elections to the state Duma. According to these data the number of Russians waiting for an honest election even fell compared to November 2007. Then about the fairness of elections, said 52% of respondents, while in March 2016 only 47%. The number of respondents in pending unfair elections increased. If in 2007 was 15%, now 26%. While another 27% are unable to determine the answer.

Despite the fact that the increase in the number of Russians waiting for a fair fight in the elections – 42% in 2016 compared to 34% in 2011 – remains a fairly high percentage of those who predicted that only imitation of struggle – 42% (in 2011 there were 51%). Skeptical citizens believe that places in the state Duma will be determined by the authorities.

However, 44% of respondents in 2016 still say that Duma elections will be rather fair and legitimate. They oppose 38% of Russians who expect “dirty” technologies with the use of slander, pressure on voters, fraud with ballots, etc.

22% of respondents believe that “United Russia” and others of the ruling party will be given certain benefits. The same number expect the rigging of the local election commissions. For the manipulation of results by the Central election Commission voted 11%, another 16% believe that elections will be removed from electoral lists of political parties and candidates, objectionable to the authorities. Only 20% of Russians believe that the upcoming elections to the lower house of Parliament will be held without abuse.

However, 56% of Russians believe that public control of the parties, journalists and civil society organizations can significantly reduce the number of possible violations. However, in 2011, thought so 58%. The number of those who do not believe in this outcome compared with 2011 increased by 4% to 31%.

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