Almost half of Russians think election will be fixed
Almost half of Russian voters think that this year’s parliamentary elections will be marred by fraud, and will not reflect the will of the people, is the key finding of a suvey by the Levada Centre.
Some key stats:
- 45% think that the election result will not reflect the will of the people
- 39% think local officials will fix election results
- 25% think opposition candidates may be excluded from the election
- 8% think the election will be fair
- 33% will consider the new parliament illegitimate
- 65% want an “against all candidates” option on ballot papers
Interesting results, although one should be careful not to read too much into them. I suspect that, if you asked a random sample of British voters whether they thought Parliamentary elections in the UK reflected the will of the people, you’d receive a somewhat similar answer.
And electoral fraud isn’t just a problem confined to Russia – take a look at this roundup of electoral fraud (and other problems) from last week’s local elections in the UK.