The Sotsiometer sociological center has conducted another survey ahead of the presidential elections in Armenia to determine the rating of the main candidates. It reflects the opinion of about 60% of active voters. According to the results of the poll, the votes are distributed as follows: Serzh Sargsyan – 35.6%, Gagik Tsarukyan – 31.8%. Another 32.6% are still undecided.
According to Adibekyan, the withdrawal of Prosperous Armenia Party from the ruling coalition after the parliamentary elections has caused redistribution of votes, leaving many undecided. The sociologist predicts a 65-67% voter turnout in the presidential elections.
Adibekyan has found out as a result of the survey that the authorities have a psychological advantage over the opposition, and this advantage grows after we hear every day that the authorities rely upon “administrative resources,” “mass bribery of voters,” terrible atmosphere,” etc. “Some politicians are thus trying to conceal their own inability to win, which creates an image of a loser among their supporters and the undecided voters,” he added.
Adibekyan said he does not see any opportunity of repetition of the Georgian scenario in Armenia. According to the sociologist, leader of the Georgian Dream Bidzina Ivanishvili is now working to “reconcile” the “old” and the “new” generations.
“There is no such controversy between the generations in Armenia, which is one of the negative features of us. Besides, Saakashvili is attempting to implement radical changes, while our President Serzh Sargsyan is more pragmatic – he wants slow, but consistent changes. It’s senseless to compare these two persons and their actions, they are in different poles,” Adibekyan said.