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the participant in the policy

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%

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH AUTHORITIES?

Feb.06 Feb.10 Jan.12 Feb.12 Mar.13 Mar.14 Mar.15 Aug.16
Coming into contact with authorities, you get what you need from them 6 3 5 6 8 5 10 7
Your life fully depends on authorities 24 27 25 21 22 28 25 20
You live, relying only on yourself and avoiding coming into contact with authorities 62 62 60 65 64 59 55 66
It is difficult to say 8 8 10 8 6 8 10 7

ON WHAT DO YOU RELY MOST NOW?

Own abilities and strengths On social protection and support from society, the government It is difficult to say
Aug.16 78 18 5
Sept.15 75 22 3
Nov.14 71 25 4
Jul.12 72 24 3
Oct.11 74 24 3
Jul.11 79 20 1
Oct.10 69 28 3
Sept.09 74 24 2
Apr.08 79 18 3
Dec.03 78 19 3
May.99 81 10 10
Feb.99 80 13 7
Dec.98 77 17 7
Jul.98 79 17 4
Mar.96 75 20 5
Mar.93 70 19 11
Jul.91 66 19 15

CAN PEOPLE LIKE YOU INFLUENCE GOVERNMENT DECISIONS IN THE COUNTRY?

Feb.06 Oct.07 Feb.10 Jan.12 Feb.12 Mar.13 Mar.14 Mar.15 Aug.16
Definitely yes 2 3 2 4 1 3 1 3 1
To some degree yes 13 21 12 15 14 10 11 15 11
Probably not 39 31 34 28 39 35 38 38 38
Definitely not 45 41 51 51 42 49 47 40 49
It is difficult to say 2 5 2 2 4 4 3 4 1

CAN PEOPLE LIKE YOU INFLUENCE DECISIONS IN YOUR REGION, CITY, NEIGHBORHOOD?

Feb.06 Feb.10 Jan.12 Feb.12 Mar.13 Mar.14 Mar.15 Aug.16
Definitely yes 3 2 3 1 2 1 4 1
To some degree yes 21 16 21 21 14 18 18 16
Probably not 36 34 27 38 34 38 35 38
Definitely not 39 46 47 37 46 41 39 43
It is difficult to say 2 2 4 4 4 2 4 2

ARE YOU PERSONALLY READY TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN POLITICS?

Feb.06 Feb.10 Jan.12 Feb.12 Mar.13 Mar.14 Mar.15 Aug.16
Definitely yes 5 5 3 3 3 2 5 3
To some degree yes 14 14 14 14 13 17 18 15
Probably not 30 31 31 38 35 39 33 34
Definitely not 47 46 47 39 45 36 38 46
It is difficult to say 4 4 6 6 5 6 7 2

WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN POLITICS? (as a percentage of those respondents who don’t want to participate in politics; multiple answers)

Feb.06 Feb.10 Jan.12 Feb.12 Mar.13 Mar.14 Mar.15 Aug.16
You can’t change anything anyway, “you can’t fight city hall” 32 34 24 22 32 23 21 29
Politics isn’t for regular citizens, it’s for authorities 29 24 29 30 27 32 36 28
I’m busy with my daily things and don’t have time for it 25 23 27 25 24 20 21 28
I don’t understand politics, don’t know how official organs work 22 17 20 18 21 18 26 21
Politics is dirty business, I don’t want to get my hands dirty 15 10 12 11 15 16 17 13
Don’t want to stand out: most people aren’t interested in politics 4 5 4 5 6 7 7 7
Afraid of persecution by authorities, better to stay away from politics 3 5 5 4 5 3 3 5
Other 5 3 4 3 2 3 2 3
It is difficult to say 3 3 2 2 <1 1 2 2

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