Medvedev urged United Russia to regain the trust of voters
The past year gave the ruling party three important lessons, said the Prime Minister.
The Chairman of the party “United Russia” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that United Russia must learn from the past year, the lessons and try to regain the trust of voters in those regions where they lost the fall elections. The head of government reminded his party members that the fall campaign would be the “overall success” for a party, but ended up with worse results than expected in the “United Russia”.
In several regions of our candidates showed not the results that we probably could expect. And that, frankly, expected. Including in the gubernatorial election. There the party to regain the trust of voters.Dmitry Medvedev
The results held in a single voting day of the election the Prime Minister described as “generally successful”, despite the significant number of lost elections and reshuffle among the heads of regions. Medvedev recalled that the campaign this year was one of the most difficult during the existence of the party, particularly because of the support of “United Russia” of the pension reform, which caused sharply negative reaction in the society. “The party was supported by very complex changes in the pension system. Did what you had to do a Mature political force. Openly and honestly explained his position and took responsibility for unpopular but necessary decision”, — described the situation Medvedev.
As stated by the head of the government, from the autumn campaign can be learned three key lessons. “Lesson one: nothing can replace live communication. If we don’t communicate with people if not talking with people we’ve already lost. Second lesson: helps us not populism and responsible approach. This has always been the strength of our party. We don’t need to say everywhere is beautiful, we need to speak on the case. Lesson three: we are not waiting for the elections. We have to work every day, and this is the purpose of the party” — briefly sum up these findings the Prime Minister.
According to the December survey, “Levada-Center”, positively to the party in power across Russia are only 38%, in Moscow the number of satisfied is even lower — 33%. The rating of “United Russia” began to decline rapidly in June after the Chairman of the party, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev submitted to the state Duma a package of draft laws on pension reform, which will increase the retirement age to 65 and 63 years for men and women respectively. Later age of retirement for women was reduced to 60, but the attitude of society to the reform is affected a little.
In the single voting day in September “United Russia” for the first time in many years, lost four of the gubernatorial campaign, Vladimir oblast, Khabarovsk and Primorsky Krai, Republic of Khakassia, as well as more than 10 campaigns in various cities of Russia, among whom were Krasnoyarsk, Veliky Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Tolyatti.