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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Poll: two thirds of Russians favor a return to direct elections of mayors


Two thirds of Russians favor a return to direct elections of mayors and heads of districts: in the course of the sociological survey has found out “Levada-center”.


photo: Natalia Muslinkina

The survey was conducted at request of the journalist and former member of the Parliament of the Republic of Altai Sergei Mikhailov, in recent years, being the organizer of a campaign to hold a referendum for the return of direct elections.

With the opinion that the head of the town or district should be elected directly, agreed by 65% of respondents.

The holding of regional referendums in March 2018 for the return of direct elections was supported by 71% of survey participants.

Finally, 56% of respondents said that if the vote were held next Sunday, they would come to vote at such referendum and would support the idea of the return of direct elections.

In total, the survey involved 1,600 people.

Recall that at the moment the initiative group with the participation Mikhailov seeking such a referendum in the Moscow region. Earlier in some other regions such ballots were rejected for various reasons.

Recall that the abolition of direct mayoral elections were held in Russia in two stages: first, they began to choose municipal deputies, and later the majority of the powers of mayors gave the city managers.

In early 2017, the state Duma rejected a bill “Fair Russia” about returning of direct elections, citing the fact that he could not encroach on the powers of the Federation.

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