The Potential for Protests and the Perception of Power

The survey took place between 19 and 22 June 2015 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 134 localities of 46 of the country’s regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 3,4%. 

HOW LIKELY ARE MASS PROTESTS IN YOUR CITY OR REGION AGAINST THE DECLINING QUALITY OF LIFE AND IN DEFENSE OF CIVIL RIGHTS?

 

Feb.

14

Apr.

14

June

14

Aug.

14

Oct.

14

Dec.

14

Feb.

15

Apr.

15

Jun.

15

Entirely possible

28

21

19

17

17

24

23

20

18

Unlikely

66

74

76

78

76

68

72

73

76

I don’t know, it is difficult to say

6

5

6

6

8

8

5

7

6

IF MASS PROTESTS TOOK PLACE IN YOUR CITY OR REGION, WOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THEM OR NOT?

 

Feb.

14

Apr.

14

June

14

Aug.

14

Oct.

14

Dec.

14

Feb.

15

Apr.

15

Jun.

15

Most likely, yes

14

14

15

8

12

14

12

15

10

Most likely, no

79

80

78

86

81

78

81

78

84

It is difficult to say

7

6

8

6

8

8

6

7

5

IN YOUR OPINION, IS IT LIKELY FOR MASS PROTESTS (DEMONSTRATIONS, RALLIES, STRIKES) WITH POLITICAL DEMANDS TO TAKE PLACE IN YOUR CITY OR REGION?

 

Feb.

14

Apr.

14

June

14

Aug.

14

Oct.

14

Dec.

14

Feb.

15

Apr.

15

Jun.

15

Entirely likely

23

17

14

12

12

16

16

15

14

Unlikely

71

79

81

83

82

77

80

78

81

I don’t know, it is difficult to say

6

5

6

6

6

7

4

6

5

IF MASS PROTESTS WITH POLITICAL DEMANDS TAKE PLACE IN YOUR CITY OR REGION, WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN THEM OR NOT?

 

Feb.

14

Apr.

14

June

14

Aug.

14

Oct.

14

Dec.

14

Feb.

15

Apr.

15

Jun.

15

Most likely, yes

10

10

9

7

8

9

10

11

8

Most likely, no

83

85

83

87

84

83

86

82

87

It is difficult to say

7

5

8

6

8

8

5

7

5

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONS WITH THE AUTHORITIES?

 

Jun. 15

I try not to have personal contacts with the authorities

69

I try to obtain that which is owed to me

23

It is difficult to say

8

IN YOUR OPINION, ON WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES SHOULD SOCIETY BE BUILT AND WHICH WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

 

Oct.

01

Feb.

06

Dec.

06

Dec.

07

Dec.

10

Dec.

11

Dec.

12

Mar.

15

Those in power should be concerned with people

64

68

74

66

65

63

65

72

People should have the opportunity to get what they need from those in power

33

28

21

30

29

32

31

25

It is difficult to say

3

4

5

4

6

5

4

3

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THOSE IN POWER ACCOUNTABLE TO SOCIETY?

 

Jun.15

They are entirely accountable

4

They are somewhat accountable

18

They are not entirely accountable

33

They are not at all accountable

27

It is difficult to say

18

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE PRIMARY REASON FOR WHICH THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO SOCIETY? (in % of respondents who believe that authorities in Russia are accountable to society; one answer)

 

Jun.15

Government officials do not allow citizens to make important decisions, and they do not care about ordinary citizens

49

People are too passive to control the authorities

19

People are too busy and overwhelmed by their daily affairs and don’t have time for it

14

The authorities have conducted consistent policies to restrict the freedom and rights of citizens

10

People should not meddle in the authorities’ affairs

5

Other

<1

It is difficult to say

3

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE IN POWER IN RUSSIAN: PROSPERITY FOR THE COUNTRY, OR PRESERVING AND INCREASING THEIR OWN POWER?

 

Oct.

02

Feb.

06

Mar.

10

Jan.

12

Apr.

13

Apr.

14

Jun.

15

Preserving and increasing their own power

59

72

60

59

62

52

58

Prosperity for the country

31

16

27

28

26

35

30

It is difficult to say

9

12

14

14

12

13

12

DO YOU AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: “IF THE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES ME A REASONABLE SALARY AND A DECENT PENSION, THEN I WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE UP MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RIGHT TO FREELY TRAVEL ABROAD”?

 

Apr. 02

Jun.08

Jun.13

Jun.15

Agree

26

11

16

16

Somewhat agree

17

24

27

26

Somewhat disagree

23

28

26

29

Disagree

25

26

20

20

It is difficult to say

9

11

11

11

WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING POINTS OF VIEW DO YOU MOST AGREE?

 

Apr.

02

Apr.

07

Apr.

08

Jul.

10

Jun.

13

Jun.

15

The government should ban books and films that offend people’s morals

43

43

44

45

53

44

Books and films with questionable content should not be banned, but their distribution should be limited: sold only in specific locations or shown only at later times

32

35

34

32

26

35

Any censorship is unacceptable. People should be able to choose for themselves what to read and watch

24

19

18

20

18

17

It is difficult to say

2

3

5

3

3

5

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