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This survey took place between 5-8 August 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 for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

                3.4% for indicators around 50%

                2.9% for indicators around 25%

                2.0% for indicators around 10%

                1.5% for indicators around 5%

ARE YOU WORRIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION OF RUSSIA RESULTING FROM RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES’ POSITION ON UKRAINE?

  7-10 Mar.14 21-24 Mar.14 Apr.14 May.14 Jul.14 Aug.14 Dec.14 Jul.15 Aug.16
Very worried 12 5 7 9 10 6 13 8 6
Somewhat worried 44 28 35 29 28 26 33 30 34
Not too worried 30 48 43 40 42 40 38 40 38
Not at all worried 9 15 12 18 16 25 13 18 20
It is difficult to say 6 5 3 4 4 3 3 4 1

ARE YOU WORRIED BY THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON RUSSIA BY THE WEST?

  7-10 Mar.14 21-24 Mar. 14 Apr.14 May.14 Jul.14 Aug.14 Dec.14 Jul.15 Aug.16
Very worried 11 5 8 8 10 7 16 10 7
Somewhat worried 42 31 34 29 26 25 35 31 32
Not too worried 31 42 40 39 43 39 33 37 38
Not at all worried 9 17 16 21 18 27 13 19 21
It is difficult to say 7 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 2

TO WHAT DEGREE DO YOU THINK THE PRESENT SANCTIONS HAVE AFFECTED THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY?

  Feb.15 Jul.15 Aug.16
Western sanctions have SIGNIFICANTLY worsened the economic situation in Russia 36 29 29
Western sanctions have INSIGNIFICANTLY worsened the economic situation in Russia 46 48 43
Western sanctions have not affected the economic situation in Russia 12 18 20
It is difficult to say 6 6 9

HOW, IN YOUR OPINION, SHOULD RUSSIA ACT IN RESPONSE TO WESTERN SANCTIONS?

  Sept.14 Dec.14 Feb.15 Jan.15 Mar.15 Jun.15 Aug.15 Nov.15 May.16 Aug.16
Continue its present politics in spite of sanctions 68 66 66 69 72 70 68 65 75 70
Find a compromise, make concessions in order to have sanctions removed 22 24 23 21 21 20 20 26 17 21
It is difficult to say 10 11 11 11 6 10 12 9 8 9

IN RESPONSE TO THE WEST’S SANCTIONS, RUSSIA DECIDED TO INTRODUCE ITS OWN COUNTER-SANCTIONS AGAINST THE WEST. WHOM, IN YOUR OPINION, DO THESE SANCTIONS HURT MORE?

  Feb.15 Jul.15 Aug.16
Russia’s counter-sanctions primarily hurt the West 32 35 33
Russia’s counter-sanctions primarily hurt Russia itself 13 15 15
Russia’s counter-sanctions hurt both countries equally 43 39 42
It is difficult to say 12 11 10

WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS DO YOU MOST AGREE?

  Aug.15 Aug.16
The policy of banning food products imported from Europe and the US is effective and has already produced positive political effects, Russia is more respected internationally and its interests are taken into greater consideration 58 58
The policy of banning food products imported from Europe and the US is pointless, absurd, and damaging, and the Russian people suffer more than anyone as a result of it 24 23
It is difficult to say 19 19

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

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