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Young people, Prokhorov supporters want to leave Russia - poll
Interfax - 3.26.12 - JRL 2012-56

MOSCOW. March 26 (Interfax) - The number of Russians wishing to take permanent residence abroad halved (from 22% to 11%) after last June's outbreak of emigration feelings, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) told Interfax on Monday.

Satellite Image Map of WorldThe majority of potential emigrants are supporters of ex-presidential candidate, businessman Mikhail Prokhorov (25%), young people (25%) and active Internet users (19%), the center said. It held the poll in 138 towns and cities in 46 regions in mid-March.

The number of Russians, who wish to live in the home country, grew from 75% in summer 2011 to 88% now. Most of them are supporters of presidential election winner, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (93%) and senior citizens (98%).

Thirty-nine percent of potential emigrants have not thought about the time of emigration. Forty-four percent know when that may happen (59% in the younger generation).

Eleven percent of potential emigrants plan to move within a year or two, 13% within three to five years, 11% within six to nine years and 8% in more than a decade, the center said.

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MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ The mood to emigrate from Russia is at an all-time low following a turbulent election season marked with the rise of grassroots protests, according to state-run VTsIOM pollster.

Satellite Image Map of WorldHowever, the drive to leave is the highest among the young and the supporters of political hopeful Mikhail Prokhorov, the only presidential candidate to speak at recent street protests in Moscow, VTsIOM said in a survey released on Monday.

Eleven percent of the respondents in the poll, held earlier this month, want to emigrate from Russia, compared to 22 percent in June 2011 and 16 percent in 1991, the year of Soviet Union's demise when the poll was taken for the first time.

Of those who voted for Prokhorov in the election, mainly from the middle classes, a quarter said said they want to leave, the highest figure among all the candidates' supporters. Meanwhile, 93 percent of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's supporters intend to stay.

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are the most restless age group, with 25 percent of them wanting to emigrate. Among those over 60, only 1 percent wants to leave the country.

The poll covered 1,600 respondents nationwide and had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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