Bad News for Putin

Exit polls for Duma elections show a loss of seats for Putin’s United Russia.

Via the BBC:  Putin’s United Russia party suffers exit poll blow

Exit polls in Russia’s parliamentary elections point to a sharp drop in support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

Polls for Russian state TV and the state-backed polling organisation showed United Russia got about 48.5% of the vote, down from 64% in 2007.

That would give Mr Putin’s party 220 members in the 450-seat lower house.

While Putin’s party remains in the driver’s seat, this is an intriguing development,

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Whaddya wanna bet the election results prove the polling wrong?

  2. @OzarkHillbilly: It will be interesting to see if this is the case, yes. I would hardly be surprised.

  3. Moosebreath says:

    “Bad News fort Putin”

    I thought politicians needed to be dead before military posts were named for them.

  4. @Moosebreath: Well, you never know…

    (Thank for the correction).

  5. @OzarkHillbilly:

    By “the election results” do you mean the actual results, or whatever Putin ends up saying the results were?