VTSIOM: raising the retirement age can be a factor in the decline of voter turnout on 9 September
MOSCOW, August 30. /TASS/. Planned changes in the pension legislation, in particular raising the retirement age, may be one of the factors that have a negative impact on voter turnout in regional elections on 9 September. This opinion was expressed on Thursday at a round table the head of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM) Valery Fedorov.
One of the factors in the low turnout at regional elections he called “electoral fatigue after a big election.” “People today do not want to hear anything related to the election, whether to decide to vote. It is generally not associated with high competition or low competition, due to the fact that we all have experienced this spring is very important, and intense campaign,” said Fyodorov, referring to the past in March 2018 presidential elections.
“The second trend — the negative aftertaste of raising the retirement age. Yesterday’s televised address to [President Vladimir Putin] clearly this effect should be reduced, but the overall fact remains. This comprehensive, all involving reform just a few months after the triumphant election significantly demotivate the majority of voters”, — said the head of VTSIOM.