Press-releases

Vladimir Putin’s press conference

The survey took place between 19 and 22 December 2014 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%.

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE ADDRESS THAT PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN DELIVERED TO THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY ON 4 DECEMBER?

 

May 03

May 06

May 07

Dec. 12

Dec. 13

Dec. 14

I watched on TV or listened on the radio entirely or almost entirely

18

24

16

11

12

18

I have heard of it from TV and newspapers

16

21

16

22

25

39

I have heard something about this address

32

25

24

30

29

27

I have not heard anything about this address

34

30

43

36

34

17

WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION OF PUTIN’S ADDRESS TO THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY? (In percentage of respondents who are familiar with the message)

 

Dec. 12

Dec. 13

Dec. 14

He knows what he is doing, he has a plan to develop the country and clear objectives

36

36

49

He proposed short-term, populist measures that will have almost no effect on the lives of Russian citizens

42

40

22

He doesn’t know what to do, it’s empty talk

13

It is difficult to say

22

24

17

IN YOUR OPINION, WHICH OF THE ISSUES RAISED BY PUTIN IN HIS ADDRESS IS THE MOST URGENT? (In percentage of respondents who are familiar with the message; multiple answers)

 

Dec. 14

The fight against corruption

36

The accession of Crimea and the situation in southeastern Ukraine

32

The sanctions of Western countries against Russia

31

Depreciation of the national currency

31

Improving the quality of education and healthcare

28

Development of branches of the economy that are not related to raw materials extraction  

26

Development of the Far East

22

Emphasis on traditional and moral values of the Russian State

20

Improving the quality of workforce training

19

Terrorism, international security

18

The proposal for full amnesty, returning capital to Russia

18

Expanding Russia’s ties with Africa and the Middle East

10

The need for greater freedom for Russia’s citizens and businesses

8

Support for non-profits and NGOs

5

Other

<1

It is difficult to say

8

As a comparison, these were the most urgent topics according to Russian citizens last year:

IN YOUR OPINION, WHICH OF THE ISSUES RAISED BY PUTIN IN HIS ADDRESS IS THE MOST URGENT? (In percentage of respondents who are familiar with the message; multiple answers given)

 

Dec. 13

The fight against corruption

59

Improving the quality of education and healthcare

37

The promise to solve the housing problem in the next few years

36

Increasing government effectiveness and make public officials more responsible before the public

35

Development of the Far East and Siberia

28

The fight against illegal migration

28

Preservation of maternity capital for 2015

28

Plans for road construction

25

Elimination of the offshore economy

21

An emphasis on traditional and moral values of the Russian State

18

The notion of developing sports and physical education

15

Other

<1

It is difficult to say

10

DID YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO VLADIMIR PUTIN’S PRESS CONFERENCE ON DECEMBER 19?

 

Jul. 01

Dec. 13

Dec. 14

I watched or listened in full

8

9

21

I watched or listened to part of it

19

32

40

I didn’t watch it, but I heard about it

16

31

29

I have not heard anything about it

56

23

11

It is difficult to say/no answer

<1

5

<1

WHAT FEELINGS DID PUTIN’S ANSWERS AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE EVOKE IN YOU? (In percentage of respondents who watched or listened to the press conference; multiple answers given)

 

Dec. 14

Confidence in the future

12

Hope

34

Respect

30

Interest

27

Bewilderment and confusion

4

Disappointment

5

Irritation

4

A sense of doom

4

No particular feelings

20

It is difficult to say

5

Translated by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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