RUSSIANS ARE FED UP WITH VARIETY OF PARTIES

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Almost 50% of Russians do not welcome a multi-party system

The Russian Center of Public Opinion Studies reports that most Russians want no more than three political parties in the country while every fifth respondent is convinced that Russia does not need parties at all.


Almost 50% of Russians do not welcome a multi-party system in the country in the 15th year of democracy in Russia. Every fourth respondent longs for the Soviet past, when there was but one political party. Twenty per cent more are convinced that Russia does not need any political parties at all and that distinguished politicians like Vladimir Zhirinovsky will suffice. The largest group of respondents (practically every third, in fact) will be content with two-three properly organized political parties in Russia.

“Respondents are convinced that existence of a host of small parties only makes the connection between the people and the powers-that-be all the more complicated,” Valery Fedorov, General Director of the Russian Center of Public Opinion Studies said. “The picture the people are getting across is not exactly hopeful: the more structures like that there are, the more the noise and commotion there is and the less bona fide is taken.”

In the meantime, 37% of respondents would not deprive small political parties of the right to exist. Only 14% are prepared to participate in party work meanwhile, and even less (6%) contemplate joining some political party or other. One per cent of the respondents are ready to subsidize political parties.

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