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41% of Armenia’s voters made up their minds

Fifty-eight percent of Armenia’s voters have decided to vote in the upcoming presidential election in Armenia.

Forty-one percent of the 58% of voters have decided on their favorites. Specifically, 72% of them will vote for Serzh Sargsyan, 20% for Raffi Hovannisian.

Hrant Bagratyan and Paruir Hairikyan would get 3.5% each if the election were held this Sunday, Aharon Adibekyan, Director of the Sociometer center, told journalists on Sunday.

The public opinion poll was conducted on January 18 and 19 and involved 1,650 voters. Actually, 2,320 people were offered to answer questions, and about 670 of them (29%) refused because they are not interested in politics.

“Voters’ awareness of the officially registered candidates was as follows: Serzh Sargsyan 89%, Raffi Hovannisian 63%, Paruir Hairikyan 50%, Hrant Bagratyan 37%, Aram Harutyunyan 10%, Vardan Sedrakyan 8%, Aram Melikyan 8.5%, and Andrias Ghukasyan 4%,” Mr Adibekyan said.

Voters showed 60% interest last December and 71% interest as of January 1, 2013. 

Also, 58.8% of the voters (82.2% of the respondents) are interested in the election campaign, and 29% (17.7% of the respondents) are not interested.

Mr Adibekyan said that a presidential runoff may theoretically take place if Raffi Hovannisian succeeds in “catching some votes.” 

“At present the incumbent Armenian president’s victory is predictable,” Mr Adibekyan said.