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25% of Russians Insist on Full Renovation of State Duma - Poll

MOSCOW. Sept 15 (Interfax) - The Russians give credit to the State Duma, but far from all know what exactly lawmakers do. Many call for a renovation of the lower chamber of the Federal Assembly, Levada Center told Interfax on Tuesday, commenting on an August poll.

Forty-seven percent of the respondents said that the country needed the State Duma, 32% voiced the opposite opinion, and 21% could not answer the question.

In the opinion of the respondents, the main tasks of the State Duma are the adoption of laws needed by Russia (37%), the control over the activity of executive bodies (14%), the solution of daily problems of the population (13%), the approval of state budgets (10%), regular communication with voters (10%), and the performance of the state policy (7%).

Only 3% said they knew for certain what the deputies did, 57% had only a general idea, and 36% were totally unaware of the lawmakers' activities.

Thirty-eight percent said that the parliament should be reshuffled in the election of December 4. Twenty-six percent said that there should be a totally new parliament. Ten percent are satisfied with the current makeup of the State Duma.

Forty-eight percent of the Russians do not want one party to have the majority of seats at the State Duma, and 27% voice the opposite opinion.

The majority of the respondents opposed the possible election of radical opposition members to the State Duma, such as Eduard Limonov (60%), Mikhail Kasyanov (56%), Boris Nemtsov (55%), Garri Kasparov (51%), and Vladimir Ryzhkov (43%).

Forty-five percent said they did not want the election of Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, who declared his intention to return to politics last week. Twenty percent supported his possible election.

Levada Center polled 1,600 adults in 130 towns and cities in 45 regions on August 19-23. The error does not exceed 3.4%.

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