Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with supporters in St.Petersburg Nov. 26, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BEIJING, Nov. 27 -- A survey conducted by the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion says President Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party will win more than 55 percent of the vote in an upcoming parliamentary election.
According to the survey conducted between November 17 and 18, more than 55 percent of those polled say they will vote for President Putin's party, almost 6 percent say they will vote for the Communist Party, almost 5 percent for Fair Russia, and almost 5 percent for the Liberal Democratic Party.
Twelve parties are standing in the polls, but none of the other parties are predicted to get more than 3 percent in the election. That's below the 7 percent threshold needed to win seats in parliament's 450-member lower house.
Russia sets presidential election date in 2008
MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Federation Council, upper house of the parliament, has approved the presidential election date for March 2, 2008, on Monday.
The presidential election campaign period will be from Feb. 2 to 29, 2008, Interfax news agency cited Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov on Monday's Federation Council session. Full story