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COVID didn’t hurt. Experts summed up the results of a single voting day

On Tuesday, September 15, the FORGO hosted a round table "Single voting day 2020: results, trends, main conclusions", which brought together both experts of the fund and other political analysts.

Called an extremely important result Chairman of FORGO Konstantin Kostin the fact that all the current heads of regions won confidently in the first round and received the support of the majority of residents. He considers this to be the result of their achievements.

“The pragmatization of elections is a trend that we have been consistently observing over the past 7 years,” said Kostin. "Therefore, the election results, in my opinion, are quite obvious."

According to him, the improvement in the work of governors is due to the fact that in 2016 the Kremlin revised its approaches to the formation of a corps of candidates for governor positions - instead of people with political experience who delegated the reins of economic government to their deputies, they began to give preference to competent managers.

“And the indicators of trust in the institution of governors indicate that this approach is correct,” Kostin said. “It is in demand and supported by the population.”

The third conclusion of the last elections, the chairman of the FORGO called the success of United Russia - the party won the majority in all legislative assemblies and managed to increase the starting rating. And this, in his opinion, makes it possible to predict that United Russia will definitely get a majority in the elections to the State Duma next year - the United Russia party will not miss its strategic advantage.

“In general, for the parliamentary elections, making a projection for the elections to the State Duma, we can say that the majority of mandates will be distributed among parliamentary parties,” added Konstantin Kostin. “For newcomers, it’s either a struggle in single-member constituencies, or a struggle to overcome the 3% barrier and get government funding and access to regional elections over the next 5 years, and this is an extremely important moment for party building.”

Turnout growth despite COVID-19, albeit small, noted Director for Political Analysis of INSOMAR Viktor Poturemsky... The average turnout reached 47.5% versus 44.6% last year. The champion among the regions where the turnout increased was the Jewish Autonomous Region: + 41%. A decrease in turnout was noted in 6 regions.

“Multi-day voting,” said Poturemsky, “allowed the turnout not to decrease. In addition, there is still interest in the governor elections - people came to them ”.

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