A quarter of Russians wants to increase presidential term

Exactly half of Russians supported the initiative of extending the terms of office of the President to 6 years, while a quarter of the population is opposed to this innovation. This is evidenced by the results of the survey "Levada-Center", which leads the Agency "Interfax". On the website of the analytical center of the research results not yet published.At the time, as the extension of the term of office of the head of state has received fairly wide support, the Russians still undecided with respect to the extending of the State Duma. The number of opponents and supporters of the innovations are almost the same: the extension of powers act 41 percent of Russians, against 42 per cent. Undecided almost one in five respondents - 18 percent of respondents.Also sociologists asked the Russians about their attitudes to the possibility of returning to the practice of direct election of regional leaders (governors now appointed in the Kremlin). 52 percent of respondents approved of the idea, opposed by only 20 percent of respondents."Levada-Center conducted a survey from 9 to 13 November in 46 Russian regions.The initiative for amending the Constitution, according to which the terms of office of the President and the lower house of Parliament will be increased from 4 to 6 and 5 years respectively were made by Dmitry Medvedev. November 11, draft amendments were submitted for consideration in the state Duma, and parliamentarians has already approved them in two readings.If the third reading of the amendments will be approved by the Parliament, the document will be sent to the Federation Council, and then for approval to the regional legislative Assembly. If during the year the two thirds of deputies of regional parliaments will approve changes to the Constitution, the President can sign the corresponding decree. Note that the amendments will apply to the next President of the country and the state Duma of the new convocation.



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