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Elections 2012: The Final List of Candidates
25.01.2012 12:31
Elections 2012: The Final List of Candidates
A chart of vote predictions, SuperJob and the Public Opinion Reserch Centre

The final list of candidates to fight for presidency at the upcoming elections in March 2012 has been announced.

      On the list are the current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, the Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, the Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and the Social-Democratic Party leader Sergei Mironov.

      Previously announced possibility of Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Democratic Party) and Dmitry Mezentsev (head of Irkutsk Region) being taken off the list, due to numerous errors in their signature forms, became a reality: the two candidates will no longer fight for the President's chair. 

      According to the poll conducted by SuperJob recruitement portal between 21 and 22 January 2012, 26% would vote for Putin, and 21% for Prokhorov. Putin is associated with a strong leader, feared by America and clearly preferring evolutionary methods of development for the country. Prokhorov is seen as a young, strong, financially independent leader and a successul businessman. The antidotes are Zyuganov (12%) and Zhirinovsky (8%).

      It is interesting to note the demographics of prospective voters. Putin is favoured by 35-44 year olds, Zyuganov - by over 45s, and Zhirinovsky - by under 25s. Prokhorov is equally popular among the younger groups, although over 45s do not favour him greatly. On the gender spectrum, Putin is "preferred" by women, Zyuganov - by men.

      Mikhail Prokhorov personally expects to finish second in the first round of election on March 4, 2012. He believes he should gain 15-20% of votes. As for a political party that would maintain and foster his agenda, Prokhorov has not yet decided when to create it, before or after the elections.

      Source: (1) and (2).

Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russian politics Elections 2012    

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