Navalny loses potential voters in Moscow, Sobyanin gains – poll

File Photo of Alexei Navalny Being Grabbed by Police at Protest

(Interfax – MOSCOW, August 6, 2013) The number of Moscow citizens intending to vote in the upcoming Moscow mayoral elections for Sergei Sobyanin is growing, while the share of those planning to support his main rival Alexei Navalny is decreasing, the research center of portal said.

“Over a half (53%) of those who have already decided on their votes intend to support acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and 32% for Alexei Navalny,” the portal posted citing the results of its online poll involving 3,500 Moscow citizens.

According to the information of, 6% said they were ready to vote for the Russian Communist Party’s candidate Ivan Melnikov, 5% – for the Yabloko party’s Sergei Mitrokhin, 2% each – for A Just Russia party’s Nikolai Levichyov and the Liberal Democratic Party’s Mikhail Degtyaryov.

“Navalny lost 4% in the past two weeks (from 36% to 32%) and Sobyanin gained 2% (from 51% to 53%),” the sociologists said.

The poll held on August 1-2 showed that 37% of economically active Moscow citizens did not want to go to polling stations on September 8.

Women see Sobyanin as Moscow mayor most often, and the possible supporters of Navalny are men and young people aged between 25 and 34, sociologists said.

[featured image is file photo from past political demonstration]