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Attitudes Toward Migrants

This survey took place between 17-20 February 2017 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people over the age of 18 in 137 localities of 48 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

                3.4% for indicators around 50%

                2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%

                2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%

                1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM UKRAINE?

  Jul. 07 Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them  22 25
Tolerant, neutral  60 52
Bad  9 19
It is difficult to say  9 4

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM BELARUS?

  Jul. 07 Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them  25 25
Tolerant, neutral  60 57
Bad  8 13
It is difficult to say  8 5

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM TRANSCAUCASIA (ARMENIA, GEORGIA, AZERBAIJAN)?

  Jul. 07 Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them  11 10
Tolerant, neutral  45 51
Bad  35 34
It is difficult to say  10 5

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM THE CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS (TAJIKISTAN, UZBEKISTAN, KYRGYZSTAN?)

  Jul. 07 Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them 11 10
Tolerant, neutral 48 48
Bad 31 38
It is difficult to say 11 5

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM THE NORTH CAUCASIAN REPUBLICS (DAGESTAN, CHECHNYA, INGUSHETIA)?

  Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them 9
Tolerant, neutral 43
Bad 41
It is difficult to say 7

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS MIGRANT LABORERS FROM OTHER REGIONS WITH A PREDOMINANTLY RUSSIAN POPULATION?

  Feb. 17
Good, sympathize with them 23
Tolerant, neutral 53
Bad 16
It is difficult to say 8

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES, IN YOUR OPINION, IS MOST CHARACTERISTIC OF MIGRANT LABORERS? (respondents were given a card with answers; multiple answers; ranked according to February 2017 responses)

  Jul. 07 Feb. 17
As a general rule they are uneducated and only capable of unskilled labor 28 32
As a general rule they are unfortunate and forced to endure extreme hardships and deprivaton 27 28
As a general rule they are hardworking and willing to work a lot 30 26
As a general rule they are providers taking care of their families 38 25
As a general rule a lot of them are conmen and criminals 21 21
As a general rule they are active, enterprising people who want to improve their lives 20 16
As a general rule they are people from low socioeconomic populations -* 15
As a general rule they are losers unable to make it in their own country 16 11
Other 2 1
It is difficult to say <1 10

-* Choice was not included in provided list.

IN YOUR OPINION, SHOULD THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ATTEMPT TO LIMIT IMMIGRATION, OR PLACE NO ADMINISTRATIVE BARRIERS IN ITS WAY AND ATTEMPT TO USE IT TO RUSSIA’S BENEFIT?

  Jul. 02 Aug. 04 Oct. 05 Aug. 06 Aug. 07 Oct. 08 Nov. 09 Jan. 11 Aug. 12 Oct. 13 Feb. 14 Jul. 14 Aug. 15 Mar. 16 Aug. 16 Feb. 17
Attempt to limit
immigration
45 54 59 52 57 52 61 68 70 78 72 76 68 80 66 67
Place no administrative barriers
in its way and attempt to use it to Russia’s benefit
44 38 36 39 32 35 30 24 20 14 19 16 23 10 23 19
It is difficult to say 10 7 6 9 10 13 9 8 10 8 8 8 9 10 11 13

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly  Monterey Institute of International Studies).

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