Election debates did not affect the decision of the majority of Russians in the elections of the state Duma, appears from a new survey by the Levada center. More than half (59%) of respondents to the question of how a strong influence on their choice for whom to vote, has had a debate of party leaders, said “no impact.”
However, a close figure was in 2011, when this answer is chosen half of Russians (52%). And in 2007 the situation was different. “Pretty great” and “very large” impact the debate had on almost a quarter of citizens (27%), and “no impact” on every third (36%). Now any impact the debate had only 35% of respondents.
These data correlate with actual turnout at the elections, said the Deputy Director of the Levada center Alexei Grazhdankin. “The turnout was below 50%. When 35% say that the debate had influenced them, this means that most of those who came to the polls, they are affected,” explains the expert.
Indifferent Russians turned to the television, radio and Newspapers during the election period. The largest number of respondents (23%) to the question of whether affected their decision to vote for a particular party, the media said they had no influence. This figure remains virtually unchanged from year to year – in 2003, 2007, 2011, also met 22% of the population. However, as much or more in 1995 and 2003, said that the media drew their attention to the elections (24% and 23%, respectively).
Now the media drew attention to the polls, 16% of Russians. 15% said they do not watch or listen to such programs and articles, because it is not interested in politics.
“The main sources of information – TV, radio and Newspapers – have attracted little attention, and less people came to the polls. The campaign was ineffective, interest in it was low, there is even rejection to what was shown on TV”, says Grazhdankin.
Among those who watched the debate, the greatest number of people impressed with the performance of the liberal democratic party. 39% when multiple selection of the respondents said that the representatives of the party spoke at the debates more interesting and more convincing than others. The liberal democratic party in this matter, consistently ahead of other parties in 2003 and 2011, she also was the most popular (24% and 47%, respectively). In 2007 alone, more successful, according to the Russians, was “United Russia” (31%).
In second place now – the “United Russia” (33%), after – the Communist party (22%) and “Fair Russia” (13%).
The most memorable was the electoral rolls of the “United Russia”. They said 18% of respondents (could select multiple answers). As written, the ruling party in their commercials used quotes President Vladimir Putin and his VoiceOver.
“United Russia” the respondents named the most active in the last week before the election (18%). In the last week before the election, “United Russia”, trying to stop the fall, focused his relationship with Putin, reported.
The survey was conducted September 23 – 26, 2016 on a representative nationwide sample of urban and rural population among 1600 people aged 18 years and older in 137 localities of the 48 regions of the country. The study was conducted in the home of Respondent by personal interview.