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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Impeachment Poll

MOSCOW -- Russians are sharply divided on whether the lower house of parliament should go ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Boris Yeltsin, according to a poll released Friday.

A poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund found that 47 percent of Russians favor the idea of an impeachment debate, while 40 percent are opposed.

The poll, which involved 1,500 respondents, did not list a margin of error.

After months of hearings by a parliamentary committee, the lower house is scheduled on May 13 to begin debating Yeltsin's possible impeachment.

Yeltsin's popularity ratings are in the single digits, but many Russians worry that his ouster could spark needless political turmoil before presidential elections scheduled for mid-2000. Yeltsin has been constitutionally barred from running for a third term.