In surveys about the supposed successor to Putin, no provocation, according to political analysts

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Polls about fictional candidates in presidents of Russia, allegedly supported by the incumbent head of state, do not contain provocations are normal in sociological practice, however, they are intended for a narrow circle of specialists, not a wide audience, according to respondents RIA Novosti the scientists.

Previously, «Vedomosti», citing a survey-experiment «Levada-center» has published data showing that about 18% of Russians are ready to vote for a nonexistent candidate in presidents of the Russian Federation Andrey Semenov, who was allegedly supported by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. It is noted that the experiment with the question-a trap it was decided to hold, because public opinion is not expressed the idea of a possible successor to Putin.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, responding Wednesday to a request of journalists to comment on the survey stated that the survey-experiment indicates a high confidence in the personnel policy of the Russian leader.

No provocation, sociologists do

According to political scientist, Professor HSE Oleg Matveycheva, such surveys — the standard sociological procedure, «which is often used to determine the effect of the candidate».

«The 18% — those who is called, believe Putin is absolutely and ready to support any candidate supported by them. Incidentally, quite a good degree of support. After all, a completely blank took the surname, not the name of politics. In this case, no particular provocation no, this sociological method is a very common story. Technique and practice survey a little manipulative, but it’s pretty standard. Sociologists do», — he explained.

The same opinion and the political scientist, member of the expert Council of the Institute of socio-economic and political studies Alexei Zudin, according to which this practice actually exists.

«Surveys of this kind and the question is, most importantly, of the kind used in research in order to find out some opportunities, possible options for the development of the situation. This practice is, it was not invented by «Levada-center», — said the analyst.

Surveys are not for everyone

Another thing, draws attention Matveychev that any sociological information and research is «technical information». «She (is) still more for experts and not for General publication,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Zudin also notes that for people who specifically study a specific area, such surveys are useful, but «it remains an open question whether the impact of such research on the mood of the people». On the one hand, he said, «at the level of common sense is unlikely».

«Once people decided to support someone, they will support it and, in spite of any polls. On the other hand, we know that in addition to those people who have firmly formed their opinions, there are people and other moods — wavering, undecided. In principle, we cannot exclude that such kind of surveys that are conducted in purely research purposes and which featured a fictitious value, can not affect the mood of the people», — concluded the Agency interlocutor.

Regular elections of the President of Russia will be held in 2018.