The Communists Are Russia’s Party Making a Stand Again Coerced Vaccinations
Machine translated from Russian.
Among Russians planning to vote for the Communist Party in the elections to the State Duma, every second person does not plan to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. This is evidenced by the data of the SuperJob poll (RBC has it).
The study involved 2,500 respondents over 18 years old from 476 settlements in Russia. The survey was conducted on 4-9 August.
According to the results of the study, among the supporters of “United Russia” 55% were vaccinated, another 28% are planning to be vaccinated. In second place in terms of the number of people vaccinated against coronavirus are those voting for Yabloko (49%), in third place are supporters of the New People party (48%). So far, only 44% of the supporters of the Just Russians have been vaccinated, but the number of those planning to be vaccinated is as high as that of the ruling party.
Among Russians who support the Liberal Democratic Party, 42% have taken the shot, another 22% are planning to do so. Among the supporters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the least number of those already vaccinated (31%), the number of those planning to be vaccinated is also one of the lowest (18%). It is smaller only among those who do not plan to go to the polls (16%). At the same time, among those who do not want to vote, the number of those already vaccinated is greater than among supporting communists (38%).
When assessing the survey, it is important to understand that its data reflect not an objective attitude towards vaccination itself, but an attitude towards the methods of compulsion to vaccination used by the authorities, political analyst Alexander Pozhalov believes. According to these data, it would be incorrect to talk about the number of “vaccinophobes”, because it is not clear from the survey what exactly the respondent is against – vaccination as such, in principle, against being vaccinated with a separate vaccine, against being vaccinated taking into account his personal circumstances, or against being forced to vaccinate, he added. Also, for the majority of the respondents, the answers “got vaccinated” or “are going to get vaccinated” look like socially approved ones, which could have influenced the choice of the respondents.
The study cites the average comment of the supporters of the communists about the reasons for refusing vaccination: “Let those who like the increase in the retirement age and the annual increase in housing and communal services tariffs be vaccinated.” From it, the authors of the survey concluded that the supporters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation “demonstrate protest behavior.”
Those who are completely disillusioned with the current government vote for the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, party press secretary Alexander Yushchenko told RBC. “Even if the vaccine is good, people no longer believe,” he said. “[Vaccination] is being pushed so intrusively and insolently that people start to reject, so people who are disappointed in the current situation throw out their disbelief in refusing to get vaccinated.”
According to Pozhalov, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation would like to accumulate the votes of the generally protesting hesitant voter, therefore, in particular, it spoke out so strongly against compulsory vaccination. At the congress of the Communist Party in June, party leader Gennady Zyuganov said that discrimination against people who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus is unacceptable, and vaccination should be voluntary.
The deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Valery Rashkin, held several actions against compulsory vaccinations against COVID-19.
Representatives of other parties criticized the position of the communists on this issue. Dmitry Gusev, the head of the central apparatus of the Fair Russia – For the Truth party, accused the Communist Party of using a policy of double standards. “Now, when the Communist Party and its leaders are taking an anti-state position and are fighting against vaccination in general, I would like to ask the Communists:“ When did you deceive the people or both then and now? ” – he reminded. – You introduced in the country [in 1998. – RBC ] the possibility of compulsory vaccination. How can you say otherwise today? ”
At the same time, the results of the poll may serve as a warning signal for the Liberal Democratic Party, political analyst Pozhalov believes. Although the leader of the party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, from the very beginning established himself as an active advocate of quarantine measures, in the midst of controversy about vaccination, he even announced imminent criminal liability for unvaccinated people, the LDPR is in second place after the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in terms of the number of open opponents of vaccinations. According to Pozhalov, there is a long-standing competition between the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Liberal Democratic Party for a general protest voter.
Earlier, the Communist Party and A Just Russia – For the Truth refused to sign an agreement with United Russia on safe elections. In the document, the parties were asked to “undertake voluntary and conscious obligations to organize the electoral process in compliance with all established norms and to minimize mass events.” The protection of the health and safety of citizens was identified as the main goals. This agreement was supported in addition to the ruling party LDPR, Rodina, Civic Platform, New People, the Party of Growth, the Party of Pensioners, Green Alternative and the Greens.