Majority of Russians Want Putin to Retire in 2018 - Poll

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 13:41|  views

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Most Russians do not want to see Vladimir Putin runring for president again in 2018 when his third term in office ends, according to a new survey.

A total of 55% of Russians want a completely new leader, while 22% say they would like Putin to be reelected to the post for another term, a survey by independent pollster Levada Center said, according to RIA Novosti.

Just eight percent of those polled said they would like Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who served as Russia’s president from 2008 to 2012, to take up the reins again, the survey said.

The survey was conducted on March 22-25, 2013 among 1,601 people in 130 cities, towns and villages of 45 Russian regions.

A survey revealed last year that some 17% wanted Putin to rule the country until 2024.

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