Most of the people from last week’s protests in Moscow say they will definitely attend new rallies to press demands for new parliamentary elections and wholesale liberalizing reform in Russia, turning the heat up on Prime Minister Putin and his plans to return to the Kremlin, according to a public opinion survey released on Tuesday.
The survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM), showed that the majority of those polled at the protests (89 percent) intend to take part in similar rallies in future.
According to the poll, the average participant in the rally was a male (64 percent), university graduate (70 percent), below 45-years of age (62 percent) with an average income (56 percent).
Most of those polled (66 percent) learned about the December 24 rally from the internet. Twenty-one percent learned about it from media, while 15 percent heard about it from their friends.
Police put the number of protesters within the space authorized for the rally on Saturday at 29,000, but a far larger crowd was massed outside that space behind a long line of metal detectors set up to screen would-be participants one by one.
Other demands include the immediate release of all "political prisoners," referring to political activists detained during protest actions, the annulment of the December 4 parliamentary election results, which the protesters claim were rigged in favor of the ruling United Russia party, the resignation of Central Electoral Commission chief Vladimir Churov, the prosecution of all those involved in ballot stuffing and a vote against presidential hopeful Putin next March.