Prokhorov party rating down; Communists, Liberal Democrats up - poll

Electoral ratings of the Communist Party and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) have grown in Moscow over the past three months, while the party of businessman Mikhail Prokhorov has been losing supporters, the Levada Center told Interfax. It polled adult Muscovites on Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

Eleven percent of Muscovites said they would vote for Gennady Zyuganov's Communist Party in the Moscow City Duma election, and 7 percent would vote for the party of Vladimir Zhirinovsky's LDPR.

The electoral ratings of the Communists and the Liberal Democrats have grown by 2 percent each since June 2012, the sociologists said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Platform Party of Mikhail Prokhorov was downgraded, from 11 to 5 percent.

United Russia remains the absolute leader with 21 percent.

Five percent are supportive of Sergei Mironov's A Just Russia party and 4 percent of Sergei Mitrokhin's Yabloko party.

People's Freedom Party (PARNAS) of Vladimir Ryzhkov, Boris Nemtsov and Mikhail Kasyanov is the least popular political force. Its rating is 3 percent. One percent supports the United Popular Front.

The number of non-voters is down, from 27 in June to 14 percent in September.

Thirteen percent said they would support "a new party defending the interests of ethnic Russians in Russia" and 2 percent would support "a new environmentalist party."

Thirty-three percent of the respondents disapproved of the Moscow City Duma work; 13 percent said it was basically all right, 36 percent expressed their satisfaction and 17 percent said they knew nothing about its activity.

The index of satisfaction with the City Duma work grew from 35 to 49 percent since June.

Forty percent of the respondents gave a negative answer to the proposal of an early election of the Moscow City Duma; 35 percent gave an affirmative answer, and 25 percent were hesitant.

The Moscow City Duma election is due in 2014.

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