“United Russia” emphasizes the relationship with Putin amid falling ratings

A week before the Duma elections (held 18 September) “United Russia” will start the third and last in a row, a wave of agitation, said two people in the leadership of United Russia. According to them, the purpose of the party in the last week — to try to connect the President’s rating with the rating of the party.

To do this all over the country putting up new banners. One of them is a galvanizing call to “vote for the party of the President. For The “United Russia”!”. On the other appears the quote of Vladimir Putin to the Congress of “United Russia” “to Value people’s trust, promise only what you can accomplish.”

In the last week, United Russia will abandon the regional part of their agitation, in which the banner hanging party slogans (“to Act in the interests of the people — our task”, “to Hear everyone’s voice — our responsibility”, “to Create and secure the future of Russia is our goal”) on a background of images from different Russian cities. A senior United Russia stressed that the regional component of the party would not be only on billboards, it is necessary to focus on Federal mobilization. The candidates will actively work with the population in their territories. They present to the voters a regional program that was formed on the basis of proposals of citizens at the meetings with the candidates.

In General, this last week more mobilizing, agrees another source of “United Russia”. A source close to the leadership of the party, says that while the dynamics of the rating of the party different from the dynamics of the rating of the President. “The President, he is consistently high, the party rating is slipping,” he says. The source claims that the rating of the party in power is always reduced during the campaign, when the opposition parties become more noticeable in the eyes of the voter in comparison with normal periods. So this fall it is too strong, requires more than mobilizing slogan and a call to vote for United Russia as the party of the President. On Tuesday, Putin himself met with the participants of the electoral list of United Russia.

According to the Levada center in late August for the “United Russia” was going to vote 31% of the total number of respondents (8% less than in the beginning of the year) and 50% of those intending to participate in the elections. According to VTsIOM, United Russia, in early September, I am going to vote 39% of total voting (5% lower than a month ago).

On Wednesday the first Deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin (headed by one of the territorial groups of the party in the elections, in a meeting with political scientists said the party’s rating different trend in different regions. “The trend is different, he said. — In some areas it is flat, in some areas, including St. Petersburg, falling in parts of the territories, including Moscow”. However, he claimed that the campaign “United Russia” is now more successful than at the previous elections of the state Duma 2011. According to him, now the ratings are higher than they were in 2011 two weeks before the election, he said.

United Russia from the beginning built his campaign using the statements of the President. In may, before conducting primaries they hung around the country posters with the image of participants of preliminary voting and the slogan “it is Important to Choose the Right thing.” These words were written in a column and formed the initials of President Vladimir Putin. “It is our moral leader. We really can not be without him,” explained then a source close to the leadership of the party.

With the beginning of the campaign, they hung all over the country billboards with quotes from Putin’s remarks about the party and various social groups. The voice of Putin were heard in the campaign commercials of the party. But on the billboards there was no call to vote for United Russia as the party of the President. It tried to make the Metropolitan branch of the party, which ordered one of the call centers the call of Muscovites with forming a survey about the relationship of the head of state and party. In particular, they asked whether the respondents agree with the fact that in “difficult times” need to support the President and vote for “United Russia”.

By and large, this is not important, what percentage of votes will receive a “United Russia”, says political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko. Even with a larger drop at the expense of single-mandate party get a stable majority, close to constitutional, he said.