Duma Election Update
Levada Center has come out with its latest poll numbers. The numbers should come as no surprise. Everyone is staying pretty steady in the polls. I’ll break it down for you, anyway.
- United Russia (Party of Crooks, and Thieves) is up one percentage point from last month at 54%.
- Coming in second are the Communists with 18% (up one percentage point from last month).
- Third place goes to LDPR at 12% (down one percentage point).
- A Just Russia trails at 7% (up two points from last month).
- And Misha Prokhorov’s party (so much easier to remember than it’s real name, Right Cause) got 2% in the Levada poll.
Quite frankly, these numbers are all a little sad. United Russia’s numbers are pitiful when compared to the previous election. But I have a feeling that there are a few announcements coming that will make this election a bit more exciting.
First, Prokhorov is planning a big PR campaign starting next month. I haven’t heard any details yet, but will be sure to share when I find out more. This will, I think, get his name out there, and help his poll numbers.
Second, United Russia have postponed their congress until late September (this may turn into Gazprom: Part 2). The congress is supposed to finalise United Russia’s platform (something that I’m still not sure they have), and decide who will head the party list. Apparently, according to RIA Novosti, United Russia is hoping that Putin will head their list.
So some exciting things may be coming, but all in all, I think that this election cycle will be pretty bland, and predictable.
At least there are always the competing Putin Medvedev posters scattered around Moscow to keep us entertained.