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The Panama Papers

This survey took place between 22 and 25 April 2016 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 survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. 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%.

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE RECENT “PANAMA SCANDAL,” INVOLVING THE CONCEALMENT OF BUSINESSMEN AND POLITICIANS’ INCOMES IN OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS, AND IF SO, DOES THIS INTEREST YOU?

  Apr.16
Yes, and I am interested 14
Yes, but I am not uninterested 29
Haven’t heard anything 56
It is difficult to say 2

DID IT SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN THAT CLOSE FRIENDS OF PUTIN ARE AMONG RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN MOVING THEIR MONEY TO OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS, OR WAS IT NOT SURPRISING? (as a percentage of those respondents who have heard of the “Panama scandal”)

  Apr.16
It was surprising 30
It was not surprising 53
It is difficult to say 18

IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THIS INFORMATION CAST A PALL OVER PRESIDENT PUTIN, OR DOES IT NOT INVOLVE HIM PERSONALLY? (as a percentage of those respondents who have heard of the “Panama scandal”)

  Apr.16
It casts a pall over President Putin 40
It has nothing to do with Putin personally 47
It is difficult to say 13

WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MAIN PURPOSE BEHIND THE PUBLICATION OF THIS INFORMATION? (as a percentage of those respondents who have heard of the “Panama scandal”; one answer)

  Apr.16
Discrediting Vladimir Putin personally 34
Fighting tax evasion and income concealment by politicians and businessmen around the world 26
Discrediting politicians from different countries 18
Fighting for transparency in the international financial system 12
It is difficult to say 10

WHAT SHOULD RUSSIA DO IN RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION REGARDING RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN MOVING MONEY TO OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS? (as a percentage of those respondents who have heard of the “Panama scandal”; multiple answers)

  Apr.16
Investigate these cases 48
Legally restrict the transfer of money to offshore accounts or make it illegal 39
Other 2
Nothing 9
It is difficult to say 9

DO YOU THINK THE PUBLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WILL HAVE ANY CONSEQUENCES IN RUSSIA? (as a percentage of those respondents who have heard of the “Panama scandal”; multiple answers)

  Apr.16
It will diminish trust in the country’s leadership 16
It will lead to notable resignations in the country’s leadership 15
Authorities will take severe measures against critics, the opposition, and independent journalists in order to suppress active discussion of this information 14
Other 2
It will not have any consequences 37
It is difficult to say 18

IN APRIL, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT EVERY LEVEL WERE REQUIRED TO DECLARE THEIR INCOME. DO YOU THINK THESE DECLARATIONS USUALLY REFLECT ALL OF THEIR INCOME AND PROPERTY, OR ONLY A PART?

  Apr.10 Apr.11 Apr.12 Apr.13 Apr.15 Apr.16
All 2 1 2 3 15 5
Most 10 11 13 15 8 14
Little 44 43 38 43 40 40
Very little 34 34 32 28 26 29
It is difficult to say 10 11 15 11 12 12

DO YOU THINK THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAGNITUDE OF CORRUPTION AND FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF POWER OF WHICH HIS OPPONENTS SO OFTEN SPEAK?

  Mar.13 Apr.14 May.15 Feb.16 Apr.16
Fully 39 36 37 26 26
Largely 34 42 43 40 33
Only partially 15 14 14 21 25
He can’t be responsible for all that 6 5 3 9 9
It is difficult to say 6 3 3 5 7

DO YOU THINK THAT PUTIN IS GUILTY OF THE ABUSES OF POWER OF WHICH HIS OPPONENTS ACCUSE HIM? WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ASSERTIONS WOULD YOU MOST AGREE?

 

Apr.

12

Dec.

12

Aug.

13

May.

14

Sept.

14

Jul.

15

Apr.

16

He is guilty without a doubt, which is supported by information available on the Internet and in independent media 16 11 10 10 6 7 14
Probably, like all high-ranking officials, but I know very little about this and don’t follow it closely 32 37 42 30 34 29 37
Even if he is guilty, it is more important that the country lives better under him 25 14 18 28 31 31 18
Whatever is said or written, I don’t believe that Vladimir Putin has ever abused his power 11 15 13 19 18 22 17
It is difficult to say 16 23 17 14 11 12 14

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

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