Most Russians want Putin to remain in lead after his term expires – poll

16:55, 30 July 2019
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Answering the question "Would you like to see Putin as president after 2024," 54% answered "yes," 38% answered "no," and 8% found it difficult to answer, according to a public opinion poll conducted by Russian NGO Levada Center, an UNIAN correspondent in Russia said.

At the same time, if the elections were held next Sunday, 54% of respondents would vote for Putin, 4% each for LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and communist Pavel Grudinin. The rest of Russian politicians, including Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, would have gained 1%. Some 31% found it difficult to answer.

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The survey was conducted on July 18-24 on a representative all-Russian sample of the urban and rural population. A total of 1,605 people aged from 18 were questioned in 50 regions of Russia. The poll was conducted through personal formalized (face-to-face) interviews.

***Putin was president of the Russian Federation in 2000-2008.

In 2008-2012, Dmitry Medvedev was president of Russia, who initiated an increase in the presidential term from four to six years.

In 2012, Putin became president of Russia again: in 2018 he was re-elected for a fourth term. According to the current Russian legislation, his powers expire in 2024.

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