Most Russians want Vladimir Putin to stay in office after the next presidential election in 2018 (57%), or to succumb to another politician to continue his policy (11%), Interfax reported with a reference to Levada Centre think tank. The data is based on the Centre’s November survey conducted among 1600 people in 137 inhabited localities in all regions of Russia.
48 percent of respondents said currently there’s no alternative to Putin in this country. However, 33 percent believe he can be replaced by another politician. Another 18 percent are sure the country now needs a man who would offer different solutions to Russia’s problems.
48 percent of respondents maintain that Russia now needs a strong leader, who is capable of leading the government, the Parliament, judicial and regional authorities. 45 percent want a leader who strictly abides by the Constitution and is capable of cooperation with all civil and political parties in Russia, including the opposition.