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Doping scandal

This survey took place between 13 and 16 November 2015 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600/800 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%/4.1%.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE USE OF PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS BY ATHLETES? (N=800)

 

Feb.14

Nov.15

Completely positive

2

3

Probably positive

4

4

Probably negative

37

38

Very negative

52

48

It is difficult to say

6

7

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY’S ALLEGATIONS WELL-FOUNDED, OR IS THIS AN ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT RUSSIAN SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS OR RUSSIA IN GENERAL? (N=1600)

 

Nov.15

The allegations are well-founded

9

The allegations strongly resemble the truth

20

It’s possible that there have been isolated cases of doping, but it is not widespread

31

These allegations are unfounded and caused by hostile attitudes towards Russia

25

It is difficult to say

16

DO YOU THINK THAT RUSSIAN ATHLETES USE RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES MORE, NEITHER MORE NOR LESS, OR LESS THAN ATHLETES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES? (N=1600)

 

Nov.15

More

4

Neither more nor less

51

Less

27

It is difficult to say

18

DO YOU THINK THAT THE USE OF RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES IS ALLOWABLE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF AND ENSURE VICTORY FOR RUSSIAN ATHLETES?  (N=1600)

 

Nov.15

Definitely yes

3

Probably yes

11

Probably no

37

Definitely no

36

It is difficult to say

13

DO YOU THINK THAT IT’S POSSIBLE THAT…  (N=800)

 

Very possible

Quite possible

Unlikely

Impossible

Difficult to say

The Russian team will not be allowed to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in connection with the doping scandal

7

35

35

9

14

Russia will lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup in connection with the FIFA corruption scandals

6

27

40

9

19

WHICH EVENTS OF THE PAST FOUR WEEKS STAND OUT IN YOUR MIND MOST OF ALL? (Events were not provided to respondents; respondents identified which events they most remembered)*

 

Nov.15

Crash of Russian Kogalymavia plane in Egypt, mourning for the deceased

72

Influx of Syrian refugees into Europe

28

Halting of flights to Egypt, evacuation of Russian tourists from Egypt

28

Russia’s bombing of Syria

28

Terror attacks in Paris

22

Doping scandal/alleged cover-up of Russian athletes’ positive drug tests/proposed ban on Russian athletes participating in 2016 Olympics

21

Growth of the dollar and euro

18

Historic parade in Moscow’s Red Square in honor of the November 7, 1941 military parade

12

Situation in eastern Ukraine/Donbass

12

Russian airline Transaero’s problems

11

Truckers’ strike against introduction of tolls for trucks

9

“Krasnogorsk shooter” Amiran Georgadze’s shooting and suicide

8

Russian national team’s qualification for UEFA Euro 2016

7

Halting of air travel to Ukraine

7

Putin’s meeting with Obama during the UN General Assembly

7

Celebrating Halloween

6

Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Bashar al-Assad

6

Forbes magazine naming Vladimir Putin the world’s most influential person

6

Inauguration of reelected President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko

5

Artist Pyotr Pavlenskiy setting fire to the Lubyanka FSB building’s door

5

“We are United” march in Moscow on Unity Day, November 4

4

G20 world leaders summit in Turkey

4

Conducting Russian marches in Russia

4

Multilateral negotiations on Syria in Vienna

3

Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi

2

Municipal elections in Ukraine

2

Other

3

It is difficult to say

6

* A significant number of respondents were surveyed before the Paris terror attacks.

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