Citizens and local elections

Shortly before the local elections, approximately three quarters of citizens eligible to vote (77%) expressed their willingness to participate, with 43% saying they are definitely going to participate. On the other hand, only 15% of respondents said in advance that they probably or definitely would not vote in the elections. The real turnout was lower by over 30 percentage points, with major differences between the survey results and the real turnout occurring in places where citizens chose their representatives in town municipalities or councils of corporate towns.

Before the election, 27% of citizens knew all or almost all candidates to the municipality, while a further 52% knew at least some of them. Shortly before the election, 43% of respondents say they were firmly decided whom to vote for, and a further 22% were decided but did not exclude that they might change their mind.