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“Foreign Agents”

This survey took place between 20 and 23 November 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 137 localities of 48 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%

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES’ FIGHT AGAINST “FOREIGN AGENTS,” “THE WEST’S FIFTH COLUMN”?

 

Jun.14

Nov.15

This fight is fully justified

 36

41

It’s an attempt to protect oneself from public criticism, there is no “fifth column” in Russia

 27

25

It is difficult to say

 38

34

DO YOU THINK RUSSIA COULD SEE INTENSIFIED PERSECUTION OF DISSIDENTS, OPPOSITION MEMBERS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

 

Jul.03

Jul.08

Oct.12

Nov.14

Nov.15

Definitely yes

1

3

5

3

6

Maybe yes

15

20

29

22

27

Unlikely

38

35

33

47

36

Definitely no

27

20

13

21

17

It is difficult to say

19

23

20

7

13

DO YOU THINK RUSSIA COULD SEE A DICTATORSHIP IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

 

Jul.03

Jul.08*

Oct.12*

Nov.14

Nov.15

Definitely yes

4

6

7

3

6

Maybe yes

20

21

24

15

16

Unlikely

37

31

35

46

42

Definitely no

24

25

18

30

26

It is difficult to say

16

17

16

7

11

*Question was given in the following form: “DO YOU THINK RUSSIA COULD SEE A CULT OF PERSONALITY IN THE NEAR FUTURE?”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE A FREE PERSON IN OUR SOCIETY?

 

Jun.

91

Jan.

96

Feb.

00

Feb.

05

Aug.

06

Oct.

07

Oct.

11

Oct.

13

Oct.

14

Nov.

15

Definitely yes

24

14

21

17

20

28

19

13

23

16

Probably yes

19

19

32

36

33

30

39

39

46

50

Probably no

20

26

22

26

26

23

25

30

19

21

Definitely no

25

27

18

15

18

15

9

9

3

5

It is difficult to say

12

15

6

6

3

5

9

9

8

8

Index **

-2

-20

13

12

9

20

24

13

47

40

** Difference between “definitely yes” and “probably yes,” and “probably no” and “definitely no.”

 

Total

Usually get news from TV

Usually get news from the internet

Trust television most

Trust the internet most

 N  

1603

1362

460

652

401

DO YOU FEEL LIKE A FREE PERSON IN OUR SOCIETY?

Definitely yes

16

16

18

18

18

Probably yes

50

51

51

54

52

Probably no

21

20

21

17

22

Definitely no

5

5

4

3

3

It is difficult to say

8

9

7

8

6

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES’ FIGHT AGAINST “FOREIGN AGENTS,” “THE WEST’S FIFTH COLUMN”?

This fight is fully justified

41

41

43

46

46

It’s an attempt to protect oneself from public criticism, there is no “fifth column” in Russia

25

24

23

19

24

It is difficult to say

34

35

34

35

30

DO YOU THINK RUSSIA COULD SEE INTENSIFIED PERSECUTION OF DISSIDENTS, OPPOSITION MEMBERS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

Definitely yes

6

6

7

5

8

Probably yes

27

25

31

28

27

 Unlikely

36

39

36

37

35

 Definitely no

17

18

15

20

15

It is difficult to say

13

13

11

10

14

DO YOU THINK RUSSIA COULD SEE A DICTATORSHIP IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

Definitely yes

6

4

4

5

5

Maybe yes

16

15

18

15

17

Unlikely

42

43

46

44

42

Probably no

26

27

23

26

25

It is difficult to say

11

11

8

9

11

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