Russia: Voter turnout of up to 67 percent expected in upcoming elections

The Head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre Valery Fyodorov made the results of nationwide survey into the upcoming Russian elections public at a press conference in Moscow on Monday. “We expect turnout at a level of 63-67 percent. For comparison, the turnout in 2012 was 65 percent,” he said. This is in line with the last presidential election in 2012, when 65 percent of voters... Еще went to the polls. Fyodorov reported that the share of people uninterested in the elections “fluctuates between 20 and 22 percent,” adding “last November, it was lower — only 13 percent.” “Every fifth [respondent] is not interested in the elections,” he revealed. Fyodorov went on to say that about 78 percent of respondents, “do not expect significant violations during the elections,” dismissing the possibility of illegitimacy. “The campaign was not in vain” since “voters’ preferences have been changed,” he added. According to the head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre, the survey covered “at least 80 regions, 500 cities and settlements of urban type, [including] about 100 villages.” An exit poll on March 18 will cover 1,200 polling stations.

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