According to a forecast by the VTSIOM All-Russian Centre for the Study of Public Opinion, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, running on the United Russia ruling party ticket, will win the forthcoming presidential election of March 4th by polling an estimated 58.6% of the votes. This came in a statement by VTSIOM Director-General, Valery Fyodorov, during a press conference in Moscow earlier today.
The Communist Party leader, Gennady Zyuganov, is due to come in second with 14.8% of the votes, while the Liberal Democratic Party leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, is expected to prove the third-best, with 9.4% of the votes to his credit. The independent candidate, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has outstripped Socialist Sergei Mironov by one point, according to VTSIOM, and is due to poll 8.7% of the votes.
Fyodorov said that the opposition rallies in Moscow and other Russian cities in recent months have had no adverse effect on Putin’s popularity rating.