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United Russia Keeps Large Advantage20070720

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The United Russia (YR) party remains ahead before this year’s election to the State Duma, according to a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. 46 per cent of respondents would support the pro-Kremlin party in the ballot, down four points in a week.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The United Russia (YR) party remains ahead before this year’s election to the State Duma, according to a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. 46 per cent of respondents would support the pro-Kremlin party in the ballot, down four points in a week.

The Communist Party (KPRF) is second with seven per cent, followed by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) with six per cent, and A Just Russia with four per cent.

Vladimir Putin was elected to a second term as president in March 2004 with 71.31 per cent of all cast ballots. In April 2005, Putin ruled out seeking a new mandate, saying, “I will not change the constitution and in line with the constitution, you cannot run for president three times in a row.” The next presidential election is tentatively scheduled for March 2008.

The next election to the State Duma is scheduled for Dec. 2. For the first time, all 450 lawmakers will be chosen through party-list proportional representation, with a seven per cent threshold. In the 2003 election, only four political parties—United Russia, the KPRF, the LDPR and the Motherland – National Patriotic Union (MDRT)—received more than seven per cent of the vote.

On Jul. 16, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky expressed dissatisfaction with the British government’s decision to expel four Russian diplomats, saying, “Great Britain is the most hostile state when it comes to Russia. Russia has never had and will never have the task-oriented enemy of this extent.” Zhirinovsky said the “trail of Britain” in “tragic events for Russia” could be seen in the Crimean War, the assassination of Russia’s czar “by terrorists”, the Russian-Japanese War and the Cold War.

Polling Data

Which party would you vote for in the election to the State Duma?

Jul. 15

Jul. 8

Jul. 1

United Russia (YR)

46%

50%

48%

Communist Party (KPRF)

7%

8%

8%

Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR)

6%

6%

5%

A Just Russia

4%

5%

5%

Source: All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted on Jul. 14 and Jul. 15, 2007. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.