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    POLL SHOWS THAT MAJORITY OF RUSSIANS INTEND TO VOTE

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    MOSCOW, March 5. (RIA Novosti analyst Nikolai Zherebtsov) - According to a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation, the majority of Russia's citizens (83%), believe that there will only be one round of the presidential elections in Russia. On February 28, pollsters surveyed 1,500 residents of 100 urban and rural areas in 44 regions, territories and republics of Russia. The margin of error is +/-3.6%.

    Ninety-three percent of Russian citizens believe that the incumbent president, Vladimir Putin, will win the election. Fifty-four percent believe that it is "perfectly clear" that Mr. Putin will win, 24% think that Mr. Putin "is most likely" to win, and 13% hold the view that Mr. Putin is "more likely" to be elected than any other candidate.

    Despite the practically predetermined outcome of the election and the absence of any intrigue, most Russian citizens (79%) said that they intended to vote. Fifty-four percent said they would definitely vote, 15% said they were less certain, and 10% of the respondents said that they would rather go to the polling stations than not go.

    The respondents were asked to respond to the statement: "Today one can hear the opinion that since Mr. Putin is sure to win the presidential election, it is not necessary to participate in it." Most of the respondents (69%) disagreed with the statement. This view was expressed most frequently by people older than 55 (78%), people with a higher education (76%), people who voted for United Russia in the parliamentary election (85%), and those who intend to vote for Mr. Putin in the presidential election (77%).

    However, 22% of the respondents believe that it is unnecessary to participate in the presidential election because the outcome is already known. This view was expressed most often by people under 35 (27%), and by those who did not participate in the recent parliamentary election (32%).

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