For most of his supporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin is the uncontested candidate for the presidential elections in 2018. This is stated in the study entitled “the Putin majority” on the eve of a big election cycle” Fund of civil society development (Fcsd).
“Putin majority” does not have an alternative candidate in the presidential elections of the Russian Federation, if they will not participate Vladimir Putin. None of the current politicians of the Russian Federation in their representation is not comparable with Vladimir Putin and will not be able to replace him even as a second choice,” the study says.
According to Fcsd, 39 percent of respondents were unable to indicate how they would vote if Putin will not be among the candidates, 17 percent said that in this case they would not vote and 12% are ready to spoil the ballot
Based on the data of research holding Romir, the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM) and Fund “Public opinion” (FOM), Fcsd came to the conclusion that most of the “Putin majority” are young people aged 18 to 23 years. In this age group, 65 percent of respondents ready to vote for Putin. The level of support in other age groups, according to sociologists, ranging from 56 percent (in group of 45-59 years) to 64% (in the group of 24-34 years).
According to the authors of the study, the result of Putin in the next elections can reach 70-75%, and while the level of electoral support is 61-66 percent.
In the first report of Fargo, released in may, 2015, it was noted that “Putin’s majority” is represented in almost all strata of Russian society. It consists of supporters of the President who shares his ideology, consistently supporting the program, and political action. It was reported that Putin, his voters most of all I appreciate intelligence, literacy, expertise, leadership, authority, influence, prestige and experience.