Elections as ritual: risks of de-politisation

Elections as ritual:
risks of de-politisation

Тrofimova I.N.

Dr. Sci. (Pol.Sci.), Leading researcher, Institute of Sociology of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia itnmv@mail.ru

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Тrofimova I.N. Elections as ritual: risks of de-politisation. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 10. P. 104-112


based on the results of sociological monitoring, this study is focused on the problem of electoral preferences in contemporary Russian society. Particular attention is paid to the motivations and ideological orientations of voters in the State Duma elections of Russia of 2016. A theoretical and methodological basis of research is the set of provisions considering the electoral choice as a result of the influence of the ever-changing and interacting factors. It is shown that the majority of Russians are voting without being committed to any political ideas or political parties. The Communist Party and the “Yabloko” party have voters who are followers of party ideas to a greater extent. The party “United Russia”, which won the elections, has the most ideologically diverse group of voters who are largely supporting President Putin. Administrative resource and, in fact, the state status of “United Russia”, make Russians to perceive it as the only political force capable to realize interests of various sectors of society. But the victory of the “United Russia” is not associated with the perspectives of successful development of the country, as skeptical assessments of the election results suggest.

elections; electoral preferences; political parties; ideology; trust


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