Poll: Support for United Russia declines to 58% since previous election.

By bne IntelliNews July 22, 2011
According to the survey performed by the VCIOM pollster, should the Decembers parliamentary elections be held now, pro-Kremlin ruling party United Russia chaired by PM Vladimir Putin would get 58% of the votes (68% in July 2007). The same four parties are expected to form State Duma according to the poll: United Russia, the Communist party (KPRF, 14.7% of the votes vs. 11.5% four years ago), Liberal Democrats (LDPR, 9.8% vs. 7.2%) and Just Russia (7.3% vs. 7.2%). Newly established Right Cause party chaired by tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov would gain 4.1% voter support, which is close to 5% barrier needed to get a seat in the parliament. Party leader Prokhorov previously announced that the party expects to gain about 15% of the votes in the coming elections. Most notably, according to the poll results, while United Russia would retain a majority in the lower house of the parliament at 58% of the votes, it would lose the constitutional majority" of 2/3 of the seats, allowing to draft and pass amendments to the constitution. However, United Russia representatives are more optimistic and expect to get the same number of seats in the newly elected State Duma (315 seats).

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