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    Over half of Russians, or 57 percent, believe that the outcome of the US presidential elections is important for Russia, a poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A total of 38 percent are of the opposite opinion, according to the poll.

    About 5-6 percent found it difficult to answer the question on the importance of the US elections, which is three times less than in 2008 when this number stood at 15-18 percent.

    As the November 8 elections approach, the interest among Russians in the US presidential race is growing, with 53 percent saying they are following the elections. This number stood as 41 percent in July.

    Forty-six percent of respondents said they were not interested in the US elections.

    The poll was conducted on October 8-9 among 1,600 people.

    US citizens are set to elect a new president on November 8, with Barack Obama's successor being inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

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