ARMENPRESS

POLL SAYS 67 PERCENT OF RURAL VOTERS TO SUPPORT PRIME
MINISTER

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 1, ARMENPRESS: According to a
public opinion poll conducted outside Yerevan by
Sociometer polling center, 67 percent of rural
population are ready to vote for prime minister Serzh
Sarkisian in the February 19 presidential election.
These figures were unveiled January 31 by Aharon
Adibekian, head of the polling center, who said that
about 11 percent of voters beyond Yerevan are still
undecided.
The poll also found that 9 percent are ready to
support a former parliament chairman Arthur
Baghdasarian, ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian is
supported by 6 percent, while a deputy parliament
chairman Vahan Hovhanesian from the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation enjoys only the support of 3
percent of the vote.
Adibekian said almost 98 percent of rural
population recognize prime minister Serzh Sarkisian,
who is followed by Levon Ter-Petrosian-81 percent and
Arthur Baghdasarian-57 percent.
He said few people in regions have read election
manifestoes of the candidates, because the majority
vote not for the election program but for an
individual.
Another finding of the poll is that almost 75
percent will go to polling stations, 20 percent are
not interested in the election.
The poll was conducted among 2,240 people, 20
percent refused to answer the questions.
Adibekian said there is a little probability of a
second round since almost two thirds of all votes
would be cast in Serzh Sarkisian's favor.