has released their most recent poll for the March 2012 presidential election (in Russian). Those being polled were asked, “If the election were held next Sunday, would you take part, and who would you vote for?”
As of now, Putin is leading in the polls with a paltry 23%. That is only 1 percentage point ahead of “I don’t know who I will vote for”. Medvedev is 5 percentage points behind Putin with 18%. 12% say they would not participate at all. 11% don’t know if they would vote. Zyuganov gets 6%, and Zhirinovksy gets 5%.
Basically, apathy is killing Russia, and this election specifically.
And speaking of apathy, has anyone seen Gennady Zyuganov recently? The man looks seriously worn out, and kind of over it, despite the rhetoric he puts forward in article I linked to. It makes me kind of sad. He needs to give up the mantle to someone younger, I think, but he’s kind of in the same place as VVP. He can’t. There is no one else (in their minds, anyway).