Putin’s top pollster talks about poll in Crimea

According to Valery Fedorov, Director of Russia’s National Survey Center, there were ‘no drunk or mumbling respondents’ out of the 3 thousand his personnel polled.

3 January 2016 13:13

On his Facebook page, Valery Fedorov used derogatory language to describe the way a ‘New Year’ poll was taken amongst residents of Crimea.

“I will give no reply to the crap throwers who got excited about the poll taken in Crimea and Sevastopol. I believe it is beneath me to talk to them because they are known to have been bought and sold many times. Let me just enlighten those of you, who for different reasons, sincerely doubt the results of the poll. I hope it will help set your minds straight,” Fedorov writes.

According to him, ‘the poll went on from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. on December 31 and 13.30 a.m. through 3 p.m. on January 1. There were no drunk or mumbling respondents’.

“Can you trust polls Putin commissioned? Yes, you can. Even those of them Obama or Erdogan did. It is not about who commissions the polls but rather who conducts them. Was it enough to interview 3,000 respondents to find out what the whole of Crimea thinks? Yes, it was. Even by interviewing 1,000. It is not about how many respondents you interview but how you interview them,” writes Fedorov.

According to Fedorov, ‘it is not when the poll was taken that matters but the dilemma all residents of Crimea are facing, namely: either put up with power outages until May 1 when the power bridge is fully operational or resign themselves to the fact that Crimea belongs to Ukraine’.