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Two Years Ahead of Elections, Russians Ready for 4th Putin Term

Polls show 74% of Russians would re-elect the president if the vote were held today

The recent research by the VCIOM polling agency indicates that the percentage of Russians willing to vote for Vladimir Putin at the 2018 upcoming presidential elections has reached its four-year peak. The poll estimates that today 74% of Russians are ready to cast their ballots for the incumbent head of the state, which is a record-high over the past four years. In October 2012 as many as 40% of Russians expressed their readiness to support Putin’s candidacy. At present, 15% of citizens are not intent on voting for Russia’s president, and 11% of people are still undecided about this.

According to VCIOM , Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has skyrocketed following the translation of his 2012 manifesto commitments into reality. Since the beginning of the year 2013 the number of the polled, who believe that Putin has honored his pledges, has more than doubled, from 16% to 37%. Moreover, the share of citizens from Russia’s million-plus-cities, who think that the president has fulfilled many of his pre-election promises, has almost tripled, from 12% to 33%. VCIOM opinion polls also revealed Putin’s growing popularity among young and affluent Russians.

Even 70% of the respondents who suppose that President Putin has not yet delivered on his 2012 electoral promises are committed to supporting him. The data demonstrates steadily growing backing of all the major social groups. Russia’s male population (71% versus 46% in 2012), young people (78% versus 53%), and residents of medium-sized cities (81% versus 42%) were increasingly eager to vote for Putin.

Interestingly, the parliamentary opposition also showed an increased acceptance of the president’s policy. Thus, the approval rating of the president among Fair Russia’s sympathizers almost doubled, from 19% to 40%, among the Liberal Democratic Party’s electorate it nearly tripled, from 12% to 33%, and among the Communist Party’s constituencies it rose from 16% to 25%.

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