Majority of Russians ready to back constitutional changes – pollster

Yuri Levada Analytical Center has completed a survey commissioned by the Foundation for Civil Society Development, an NGO close to the Kremlin. The best part of the participants expressed their readiness to uphold Vladimir Putin’s initiative to amend Russia’s Constitution.

In January, the Russian leader formulated amendments to the Constitution in his address to the Federal Assembly. In particular, he proposed that the Constitution have priority over international legislation and agreements. He also proposed amendments concerning the redistribution of powers among the branches of government and concerning restrictions for public officials and judges.

84% of respondents said they had heard about the initiative. 64% are going to take part in the voting on constitutional changes; 72% of interviewees would cast their ballot in favour of Putin’s proposal; 13% would vote against it, Vedomosti reports with reference to Levada-Center.

Earlier in February, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VtsIOM) also conducted a research on constitutional issues; in view of its results, the most of pollees backed the idea of amending the Constitution.

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