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Sergei Sobyanin's rating higher than any other candidate's in Moscow mayoral election

July 23, 2013, 11:14 UTC+3

If the election were to take place next Sunday, 54% of Muscovites would vote for him, poll results say

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MOSCOW, July 23 (Itar-Tass) - Acting Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin is a clear leader in election ratings among other candidates for the post of city mayor. If the election were to take place next Sunday, 54% of Muscovites would vote for him, according to the data presented by the All Russia Public Opinion Study Center /VTsIOM/ at a news conference on Tuesday.

Sociologists noted stability of Sobyanin's rating: during both polls on July 9-10 and July 20-21, 54% of Muscovites said they were ready to vote for him.

Meanwhile, a mere 9% of Muscovites would vote for Opposition candidate Alexei Navalny.

Navalny is the second most popular candidate. Whereas in the beginning of July, 71 percent of Moscow residents knew about Navalny, he is now known to 80%, pollsters said.

Experts notes that his popularity, as such, rather increases mistrust in him. During the July 9-10 poll, 14% of Muscovites had a positive opinion of him, whereas 33% mistrusted him. The July 20-21 poll showed that the percentage of those who mistrust Navalny has increased to 39%, while the number of those with positive opinions only increased to 17%.

The rating of Communist candidate Ivan Melnikov has increased from 2 to 4%. Melnikov now leads Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin, whose rating decreased from 3 to 2% in the past ten days, VTSIOM said.

Taking part in the poll were 1,200 people; the margin for error did not exceed 3.9%.

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