Press release №2159
25.03.2019
ONLINE VOTING: PRO ET CONTRA

IN BRIEF

  • 47% of Russians think that e-voting should be made available to people willing to vote via the Internet
  • 48% are ready to vote using the Internet if they have an opportunity

MOSCOW, March 25, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study describing Russian views on online voting and their willingness to participate in it.

The share of those who think that e-voting should be made available has increased from 34% in 2008 and reached 47% today (66% of the 18-24-year-olds). In addition, 49% of Russians approve of the idea to allow the voter to vote remotely over the Internet; this share has increased by 21 p.p. since 2009.    

Every second respondent (48%) is personally ready to vote online if it is available (a 12 p.p. increase since 2008). E-voting is mainly favored by people who have higher education or incomplete higher education diplomas (54%), young respondents (67% of the 18-24-year-olds) as well as Russians who use the Internet on a daily basis (57%).

However, 50% would not use e-voting. They are basically older respondents (63% of persons aged 60 and over), respondents who have secondary education certificates (55%) and those who do not use the Internet (72%). Deliberate manipulation and election fraud (an increase from 32% in 2008) are cited as the main reasons by three-quarters of respondents refusing to take part in e-voting (75%). One-quarter of respondents (25%) do not believe that it will be possible to provide reliable infrastructure in e-voting; 17% doubt that ballot secrecy can be guaranteed.

Potentially more Russians are ready to vote online (a 9 p.p increase since 2008): 25% of Russians would opt for e-voting in case they were offered to choose a voting method. Paper voting is chosen by 57% respondents. 

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on March 17, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

All sorts of elections take place in Russia: federal, regional and local. Let us talk about e-voting. Certain countries make it available to vote remotely over the Internet. In your opinion, apart from traditional voting method, should Russia make the e-voting system available to those people willing to vote via the Internet? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2008 2019
Definitely yes 10 16
Rather yes 24 31
Rather not 23 22
Definitely not 25 26
Don’t know 18 5
A number of initiatives to improve the election legislation are being discussed. What is your attitude towards voting over the Internet? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2009 2019
I am likely to approve it 28 49
I am likely to disapprove it 53 46
Don’t know 19 5
If you had an opportunity to vote using the Internet, would you agree to vote or not?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2008 2019
Yes, why not try 36 48
No, I would not vote 53 50
Don’t know 11 2
Why would you not try to vote via the Internet?  (closed-ended question, up to 2 answers, % of those who would not vote over the internet)
  2008 2019
I admit there might be deliberate manipulation and election fraud 32 75
I do not believe that there will be reliable infrastructure 16 25
I do not believe that ballot secrecy will be guaranteed    15 17
 I do not have a computer/Internet 0 5
I do not vote at all 0 1
Other   7 4
Don’t know 40 3
If you are proposed to choose the voting method in next elections, which one will you choose?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2008 2019
Traditional paper voting using ballots 60 57
E-voting via the Internet 16 25
I have not decided yet 17 16
Don’t know 7 2
 

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