Putin to win Russia election with almost 60%: poll
Vladimir Putin will win Russia's presidential election this weekend with nearly 60 percent of vote, a state-run pollster said Tuesday, putting independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov in third place.
In a projection from data taken from its final survey conducted eight days before Sunday's election, the VTsIOM pollster said Putin will secure a comfortable first round outright victory with 59.9 percent.
Second place is set to be occupied by Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov with 15.1 percent, it said.
The latest numbers also place billionaire tycoon Prokhorov in third place for the first time with 8.7 percent, one percentage point ahead of the ultra-nationalist veteran politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Trailing last with 7.1 percent of the vote is Sergei Mironov, the leader of the A Just Russia party.
The figures have been only distributed among foreign media as Russian laws forbid Russian media from publishing polling data in the five-day period immediately preceding the vote.
Putin's approval rating appears to have been rising over the past months after hovering in the mid 40 percent immediately after the December parliamentary polls which were followed by an unprecedented outburst of protests.
© 2012 AFP