Press release №2325
29.03.2021
CENTER-LEFT A MONTH AFTER THE MERGER: POTENTIAL AND PROSPECTS

IN BRIEF

  • 33% of Russians are aware of the merged “A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth” party
  • 39% of those who are aware perceive the merger positively
  • 11% of Russians would vote for this party in the next elections.

February 26, 2021. The data below present the Russian views on the merger of “A Just Russia”, “For Truth” and “Patriots of Russia” parties.

The level of awareness about the merged party is rather low: every third Russian is aware of the new party (33%).

More than one-third of those who are aware perceive the merger in a positive way (39%); half of respondents are indifferent (48%). Eight percent of respondents have negative perceptions.

When asked “Which of the following parties would you vote for, if the State Duma elections took place next Sunday?, 11% of Russians opt for the “A Just Russia – Patriots - For Truth” party.

According to 67% of Russians, the merged party is likely to focus on Russia's “special path”. Twelve percent consider that the party is likely to pursue Russia’s integration into the world community.

Fifty-five percent of respondents believe that the party will advocate social justice; 22% say it will focus primarily on market economy.

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on February 21, 2021. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,600 Russians aged 18 and older. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. 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 to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

In January, three Russian political parties (A Just Russia, For Truth and Patriots of Russia) decided to merge into one party called “A Just Russia - Patriots – For Truth”. Do you know/have you heard/do you hear for the first time about it?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
   Total respondents
I am well aware 7
I heard something but  I don’t know any details 26
I hear about it for the first time 67

What is your attitude to the decision to merge three parties, A Just Russia, For Truth and Patriots of Russia, into one? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents of those who are aware of the merger)
  Those who are aware of the merger
More likely positive 39
More likely indifferent 48
More likely negative 8
Don’t know 5
If the Russian State Duma elections took place next Sunday, which of the following parties would you vote for? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
“A Just Russia  - Patriots - For Truth” party 11
In your opinion, which statement best describes the merged party? (closed-ended question, % of total respondents; percentages of those who agree with the statement)  
  Total respondents
This is a party focused on Russia’s “special path”, aiming to preserve its independence 67
This is a party focused on Russia’s “special path”, aiming to preserve its independence 12
This is a party advocating social justice  55
This party will promote market economy 22

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