Kremlin comments poll about Putin's fictitious 'successor’
The outcome of an opinion poll showing that many Russians are ready to support a "conjured-up successor" to Russian President Vladimir Putin confirms that citizens trust his human resource policy, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
On Wednesday, the Levada Center, an independent pollster, published its a recent survey carried out on August 18-22, during which Russians were asked to answer a trick question on whether they support a politician named Andrey Semenov, who is supposedly running for president of Russia in 2018 and has secured Putin’s support. This is a mythical politician and the goal was to get an understanding on how the president’s authority sways Russians’ electoral attitude.
According to the poll, based on the interviews with 1,600 Russians from 48 regions, 18% of respondents expressed readiness to vote for this imaginary candidate knowing that Putin backs him.