Preliminary: Untied Russia could lose majority in Duma.

By bne IntelliNews December 5, 2011
According to the data by CenterIzbirKom as of midnight of December 4 when 38% of the parliamentary votes were processed, ruling party United Russia has 48.8% of votes. This means that United Russia could not only lose the constitutional majority in the State Duma (majority that allows passing constitutional amendments), but lose simple 50% majority as well. To compare, at the last elections in 2007 United Russia got 64.3% of the votes. According to the preliminary results, Communist Party comes second with about 20%, followed by Just Russia and Liberal Democrats with about 13% each. As reported at the end of last week, according to the latest pre-election poll published by Levada Center United Russia was going to get 253 seats, Communist Party 94 seats, nationalist LDPR 59 seats and Just Russia 44 seats. The coming parliamentary elections are also to be seen as preparations to the Marchs' presidential elections, with PM Putin being the main candidate for what could be his third presidential term since 2000, securing possibly another 2 terms. Another survey performed by Levada Center pollster shows that majority of Russian residents see coming December's parliamentary elections as not fair, with 48% of respondents labeling the election as struggle of bureaucratic clans for access to the budget and only 28% seeing the elections as a legitimate institution. 47% of the residents believes that CentrIzbirKom (Central Election Committee) is serving the interests of the ruling United Russia party led by PM Vladimir Putin, while about 45% expect falsifications of the elections on regional and federal levels. PM Putin is seen as directly promoting the United Russia by 80% of the respondents. As far as the presidential elections coming in March is concerned, only 30.7% of the respondents were ready to vote for PM Vladimir Putin in his third non-consecutive presidential term. 80% of the surveyed said that their opinion of the "ruling tandem" of PM Vladimir Putin and president Dmitry Medvedev did not change since the recent announcement of switch-around (Putin's nomination as a presidential candidate and Medvedev heading the United Russia and possibly heading the new government).

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