Ratings of current Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin stand at 34% and are out of reach of other contenders for the elections slated in September, who barely reach 1%, RBC business portal said on May 31 citing the data of Levada-Center pollster.
This week Sobyanin said he will run for re-election as mayor of the Russian capital, which will be held on September 9.
Sobyanin, 59, is an ex-senator for Tyumen region and a Kremlin insider, having served as deputy prime minister, and head of the presidential administration. Then-President Dmitry Medvedev appointed him Moscow mayor in 2010, replacing long-time Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
Liberal opposition politician Ilya Yashin said on April 11 that he will participate in the Moscow elections and was endorsed by the opposition leader and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. Navalny himself rose to prominence by coming in in second in the 2013 Moscow mayoral elections with more than 27% of votes.
Currently Yashin's rating is below 1%, however, the poll results show. Another opposition candidate's Dmitri Gudkov's rating is also below 1%.
Both Yashin and Gudkov in their comments to RBC casted doubts on the accuracy of the poll, arguing that the trust in the elections was low. Gudkov reminded that polls gave Navalny 9% of the votes in 2013, but he managed to gain three times more, and stressed that the election campaign has not yet begun.
Currently the reported voter turnout estimate is higher than prior to the last election, with 54% of respondents ready to vote and 28% doubting they will participate versus 44% and 26% in July 2013, respectively.