Less than half of Russians believe in fair elections

election in Crimea

Less than half (46%) of Russians believe that the last elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation were fair.

These are the results of a poll held by the Levada-Centre.

31% of respondents believe that the elections were not fair, 22% were undecided.

18% of Russians are sure that there were no violations during the vote counting. Another 30% think that violations were minor. One in seven (13%) is sure that violations were “fairly significant, but could hardly effect the results of the elections”. Only 6% said about serious violations. 33% of respondents were undecided.

45% of Russians wait for changes for the better after the election and 37% are pessimistic.

The poll was held on September 23-26 among 1600 respondents in 137 settlements of 48 regions of the Russian Federation.

The elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the Seventh Convocation took place on September 18.

The voter turnout for the elections was 47.8%. According to the official results, the ruling United Russia party won 54.2% of the vote; the second, third and fourth places were taken by the Communist Party, (13.34%), the LDPR (13.14%) and the Fair Russia (6.22%) respectively. As a result of the elections, the Unified Russia has a constitutional majority in the new State Duma.

The elections were held on the annexed territory of Crimea for the first time. The members of the United Russia party were exclusively winners according to the results of the election on the peninsula.

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