On January 3, we asked our web-site visitors: "If the presidential election were held today, whom would you vote for?" And offered to vote for one of the presidential candidates: Vladimir Zhirinovsky's LDPR Chairman, Gennady Zyuganov, the Communist party (CPRF) leader, Dmitry Mezentsev, Governor of the Irkutsk, Sergei Mironov, leader of the Just Russia party, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky. The poll ended today.

The results were quite expected. Dmitry Mezentsev failed to score even one per cent, also visitors of the Novaya Gazeta web-site did not vest any hopes into the leaders of the parliamentary opposition. The number of votes given in favour of Vladimir Putin (whom the web-site visitors probably voted for asking themselves "Who else?") is also small. Businessman Mikhail Prokhorov has a somewhat higher percentage, and more than half of all the votes by the readers of Novaya Gazeta went to Grigory Yavlinsky. So there [seems to be] no second round.

18,553 users participated in the poll in these three days. Here come the figures:

Grigory Yavlinsky - 54%; 9,647 votes
Mikhail Prokhorov - 16%; 2,974 votes
Gennady Zyuganov - 12%; 2,351 votes
Vladimir Putin - 8%; 1,541 votes
Sergei Mironov - 7%; 1,301 votes
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 3%; 585 votes
Dmitry Mezentsev <1%; 117 votes

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