Kocharian Leads in Pre Election Poll

In six consecutive issues–from February 28 to March 7–Asbarez polled readers on the upcoming presidential election for the President of the Republic of Armenia. By the March 12 deadline–192 readers had participated in the survey. Due to duplicate answers or other such errors–ten questionnaires were eliminated. Survey results are therefore based on 182 participants.

It is notable that during the aforementioned dates–in addition to our regular list of subscribers–the newspaper was also widely dispersed throughout the community–bringing the number of newspapers circulated up to 12,000 households.

The first question asked who the participant would like to see in the office of the President of the Republic of Armenia. Robert Kocharian received 89 percent of the votes; Karen Demirchian nine percent; and Vazgen Manoukian seven percent.

The second question asked for whom the participant would vote if the list of candidates also included Defense Minister Vazgen Sargssian–ARF representative Vahan Hovanessian–Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Robert Kocharian received 63 percent–Vahan Hovanessian 19 percent; Levon Ter-Petrosyan 11 percent–Vazgen Sargssian two percent–and Vazgen Manoukian two percent–and–others 3 percent.

It should be mentioned that those who voted for Vahan Hovanessian had in the first question–without exception–voted for Robert Kocharian. And–all those who voted for Levon Ter-Petrosyan in the second question–equally distributed their votes among Demirchian–Kocharian–and Manoukian.

In response to the third question–70 percent of participants anticipated a run-off election.

Should there be a run-off election–in response to question four–which asked among which two candidates the race would be–63 percent said Kocharian-Manoukian; 15 percent said Kocharian-Demirchian; 15 percent said only Kocharian; three percent said Manoukian-Demirchian; and 4 percent said other.

Question five asked whether Karabakh citizens had the right to participate in the election. Ten percent of participants either marked more than one answer to this question–or left it blank. Eight percent of participants viewed Karabakh as an independent state and therefore denied its citizens the right to participate in Armenia’s election. Thirty-five percent were opposed to Karabakh citizens participating in this particular election–while 47 percent considered Karabakh an indivisible part of Armenia and wished for its citizens to participate in the elections.

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