Omnibus

Levada Center holds monthly omnibus survey that allows you to get results as quickly. Russia-wide poll of urban and rural population over 18 years based on a representative sample of 1,600 people from 130 settlements 45 regions of the country. The statistical error in the data of the study does not exceed 3.4%.

For any enquiries about omnibus survey contact:
8 (499) 755-40-30, direct@levada.ru

Sample

Representative sample of urban and rural population of Russia, 1600 persons aged 18 years and older.

Universe population is assumed here as entire adult population of Russia excluding the following categories:

  • persons, doing their military service by conscription (around 1% of total adult population)
  • persons under imprisonment before trial or convicted (around 0.8% of total adult population);
  • persons living in remote or difficult to access regions of Far North (around 1,9% of total adult population);
  • population of Chechen Republic and Ingushetia Republic (1,1% of total adult population);
  • persons, residing in rural settlements with not more than 50 inhabitants (around 0,8% of total adult population);
  • persons with mental diseases, constantly living in psycho-neurological hospitals (about 1,2% of adult population).

Besides homeless people do not get into the sample (about 1,5% of total adult population).

Sample of the omnibus is distributed among 8 federal districts(1 – North-Western, 2 – Central, 3 -Volga, 4 – Southern, 5 – North Caucassian, 6 – Ural, 7 – Siberian, and 8 – Far Eastern), and inside each district – among 5 strata of settlements proportionally to number of population living in them in age of 18+ years. All cities with over 1 mln. population are inserted in the sample as self-representative units. In the rest strata with probability, proportional to size of a settlement, there are selected from 1 to 8 urban settlements (rural districts in rural area), so that 7-13 interviews are conducted in each of them. Number of interviews, falling onto one strata, is divided equally among selected settlements. Totally there are selected for the study 130 PSUs (94 urban settlements and 36 rural districts in 45 subjects of Russian Federation).

<span”>FO

<span”>rural settlemens

<span”>urban settlements up to 100ths

<span”>towns

<span”>100-500 ths.

<span”>cities

<span”>500-1000 ths.

<span”>cities over 1000 ths.

<span”>TOTALLY

<span”>

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU.

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU

<span”>%

<span”>inter-
views

<span”>PSU

<span”>1

1,74

28

2

2,64

42

4

2,15

34

3

3,15

51

1

9,69

155

10

<span”>2

5,47

88

7

7,04

113

10

5,60

90

8

1,79

29

3

7,30

117

1

27,20

437

29

<span”>3

6,18

98

9

5,04

81

6

3,31

53

5

3,12

50

4

4,02

64

5

21,67

346

29

<span”>4

3,54

56

5

2,15

34

3

1,80

29

2

0,82

13

1

1,51

24

2

9,82

156

13

<span”>5

2,19

35

3

1,10

18

2

1,45

23

2

4,73

76

7

<span”>6

1,59

25

2

3,19

51

5

1,72

27

3

0,35

6

1

1,69

27

2

8,53

136

13

<span”>7

3,81

61

6

3,53

57

6

2,73

44

4

1,87

30

3

1,85

30

2

13,80

222

21

<span”>8

1,05

17

2

1,72

27

3

0,96

15

1

0,84

13

2

4,56

72

8

<span”>TOT<span”>

25,57

409

36

26,4

423

39

19,7

315

28

8,79

141

14

19,54

313

13

100

1600

130

Sample design is based on Data of Census 2002 revised by the data of Rosstat (Russian Government Statistical Agency) on January 1st,2009

In each of the selected settlements 2 electoral districts (2 villages in rural district; in Moscow – 16, in St.Petersburg – 9 electoral districts) will be selected by method of random numbers out of total list of electoral districts (villages) of a previously selected urban settlement (rural district) – totally about 280 SSUs will be selected.

Selection of households is completes by random route method with usage of rout lists (each 17th household in blocks with many-floors buildings; each 5th household in blocks with individual houses).

Selection of a respondent in a household is completes by the nearest birthday with control by gender, age and educational level.

Each selected household\respondent is visited up to 3 times in different days of a week (in evenings on weekdays or on weekends).

Fieldwork/Questionnaire

Study is done as a face-to-face interview in home of respondent. Usually questionnaire consists of 80-100 questions, demographic section including.

Demographic section of the omnibus questionnaire consists of the following questions:

  • gender
  • exact age
  • education
  • employment/unemployment status
  • whether respondent is a chief income earner of household
  • employment/unemployment status of a chief income earner of household
  • exact household monthly income
  • size of household
  • number of children in household under 16
  • consumer status
  • social class (subjective)
  • whether respondent is a main purchaser of daily household goods
  • voting on President elections, 2008
  • urban\rural residence
  • size of settlement
  • region (federal subject)

You will be supplied as well with information on codes of each settlement and each interviewer.

Fieldworks are organized by Moscow office of Levada Center, its key staff have passed training in leading West-European and American companies busy with public opinion polls, and by regional supervisors, have passed special training in Moscow office (and regional offices according to instructions worked out in Moscow office).

About 180 trained interviewers participate in each survey, who regularly participate in Levada Center surveys.

Around 70% of interviewers participating in these surveys, made for us over 15 surveys; 25% – 6-15 surveys. 13% of our interviewers are males and 87% are females; 66% have high, 34% – secondary or secondary vocational education; 15% are under 25 years old, 75% are 25-55 years old, 10% are over 55 years old.

All interviewers participating in a survey pass 2-3 hours briefing in person organized by regional supervisor according to instructions, which are worked out in Moscow office of Levada Center.

Each interviewer receives set of instructions and route list, and at the end of fieldworks gives a personal report his regional supervisor. Regional supervisors render to central office a summary methodological report on the survey.

Field control

First step of the control of interviewers’ work is accomplished by regional supervisors, who control work of all interviewers by phone or by call-back visits (around 20% of interviews in total). Regional supervisors also control questionnaires for completeness and correctness of their completion.

Moscow office of Levada Center fulfills a phone and post spot check of interviewers’ work (not less than 10% of interviews in each wave). Besides, all interviews, in which there are found errors or inner data inconsistency by data processing program, are subject to obligatory control.

Answers to all open-ended questions are entered in data file in text fields. Coding of open-ended questions will be made by one person in the central office.

To minimize punching errors 100% double data entry is used.

Data is delivered in ASCII (single-punched data according to client’s data layout) and\ or in SPSS.