The majority (63%) of Russians want to see Vladimir Putin as President of Russia after his current presidential term after 2018. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the results of the survey “Levada-Center”.

This is almost two times larger than it was four years ago, when people were willing to see Putin as President in 2018 was 34%. In 2014, there were 58%.

Meanwhile, as two years ago, almost every fifth (19%) of Russians gave a negative answer to a question, he would like Putin to head Russia after 2018 (40% in 2012). Undecided 19% participants of the survey, conducted October 21-24 among 1,600 people aged 18 years and older in 137 localities of the 48 regions of the Russian Federation.

According to sociologists, only a quarter of respondents (26%) believes that 2018 in Russia may be the leader who could replace Putin as President. The opposite opinion is shared by almost half of Russians (49%). No answer 26% of respondents.

These indicators also changed dramatically over the past four years: in 2012, 49% of Russians believed that the country by 2018, there will be a leader in contrast to Putin, and 23% did not (28%, then, were undecided).

The Russian presidential election scheduled for March 11, 2018. Despite the remoteness of this date, of their intention to participate already said the first candidates – co-founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky and LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Some experts believe that the election campaign for 2018 has already begun, and the signal for this was a big arrest of the now former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, who was accused of receiving a bribe. This opinion cites the RBC programme Director of the Moscow Carnegie center Andrei Kolesnikov.

Whether to take part in the upcoming elections the participation of Putin, is still unknown. In the summer of 2015, the chief editor of radio station “Echo of Moscow” Alexei Venediktov said that absolutely knows about Putin’s intention to run. In September 2016 in an interview with Bloomberg Putin has declaredthat has not yet made a decision to participate in the campaign.

Shortly after the decision about the postponement of the Duma elections on the earlier date there were rumors about the possibility of early presidential elections. In June 2015 I wrote about this in a column for the newspaper “Vedomosti”, Russian economist Yevgeny Gontmakher. In addition, with the proposal of carrying out early elections was made by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. But in the state Duma then criticized this idea and accused Kudrin of attempting to destabilize society.

At the end of September 2016, the rumors about the postponement of presidential elections in 2017, has denied the head of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova. November 7, Dmitry Peskov saidthat the question of the postponement of the presidential elections from March 2018 to September 2017 in the Kremlin do not discuss. The TV channel “Rain” reportedthat from the idea of early presidential elections, the Kremlin has ruled out victory in the US presidential elections the “Pro-Russian” candidate Donald trump.

Two-thirds of Russians want to see Putin as President after 2018, found “Levada-Center” 16.11.2016

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