The program on the eve of the election of the President of the Russian Federation.
The data of sociological surveys conducted in Russia are given.
The participants of the program are trying to give their forecast of the results of the upcoming voting.
Both agree that two rounds of elections should be expected.
The main candidates are Boris Yeltsin and Gennady Zyuganov.
The issue of possible bias of forecasts and their dependence on the customer, which pay for the services of conducting a public opinion poll, is being raised.
Examples of discrepancies between the data of different organizations are given.
It is pointed out the need for independent sociological surveys reflecting the real mood in society.
The participants in the discussion speak about the changes taking place in the social and political life.
How are problems such as: the situation in Chechnya, the division into rich and poor, the growth of crime in political views in various social groups.
Trying to explain why positive forecasts and high ratings of opinion polls are not always justified and what kind of influences they have on the results of elections.
Levada Yuri - sociologist, director of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM). Founder of the "Levada Center" (since 2003). Betaneli Nugzar is a sociologist, director of the Institute of Sociology of Parliamentarism.