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Poll Shows Russia Needs Political Opposition

Moscow, 28 July: Increasingly more Russians polled by sociologists say Russia needs political opposition.

Whereas in the summer of 2009 a little over one half of citizens, 51 per cent, said Russia needed political opposition, this July 73 per cent shared this opinion, the Levada Centre pollster told Interfax on 28 July following an all-Russian survey.

The number of people opposed to the idea of political opposition in Russia has increased from 18 per cent to 27 per cent over this period.

Asked whether there is any political opposition in Russia now, 51 per cent of respondents answered positively. Since 2009 this indicator grew by 12 percentage points.

The number of those who thought there was no political opposition in Russia has increased by 10 percentage points over three years, from 37 per cent to 47 per cent.

The survey held on 17-20 July covered 1,600 Russians in 128 population centres of 46 regions.


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