Muscovites pledge support for United Russia in Moscow Duma election

The Civil Platform party, founded by businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, would win 11% of the vote if elections to the Moscow city legislature were to be held this coming Sunday, losing only to the United Russia party (led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev), which could receive 21% of the vote, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax after a July 3-10 survey.

The Russian Communist Party, led by Gennady Zyuganov, could get 9% of the vote, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party 5%, the sociologists said.

Five percent of those polled said they would back the liberal Yabloko party, led by Sergei Mitrokhin, and 4% of respondents offered their support to Sergei Mironov's A Just Russia.

The least popular parties among respondents include the Republican Party - PARNAS, led by Vladimir Ryzhkov, Boris Nemtsov and Mikhail Kasyanov (2%).

One percent of those polled said they would vote for "another party", and 3% said they were ready to support any party other than United Russia.

Twenty-seven percent of Muscovites said they would not go to polling stations at all.

Thirty-five percent of respondents criticized the performance of the Moscow city legislature, 27% described it as satisfactory, 8% called it good, and 24% said they knew nothing about its work.

The next election to the Moscow city legislature is due to take place in 2014.

The Russian Justice Ministry has already registered 27 political parties, enabling them to run in elections.

Another 184 organizing committees have notified the ministry in writing of their plans to establish political parties.

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