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“FOREIGN AGENT”

This survey took place between 9-12 December 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%/75%

                2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%

                1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ADOPTION OF A LAW REGARDING ORGANIZATIONS SERVING AS “FOREIGN AGENTS”?

Well-informed about this 2
Heard something, but don’t have a clear understanding 22
Have not heard anything about this 73
It is difficult to say 2

IN YOUR OPINION, IS THE IDEA BEHIND THE LAW ON “FOREIGN AGENTS” TO LIMIT THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF THE WEST ON RUSSIA, OR IS IT PRIMARILY A TOOL TO CLAMP DOWN ON INDEPENDENT SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS? (as a percentage of those who know about the law)

Limit the negative influence of the West on Russia 56
Primarily a tool to clamp down on independent social organizations 26
It is difficult to say 18

WHAT ASSOCIATIONS DOES THE EXPRESSION “FOREIGN AGENT” HAVE FOR YOU?

More negative 57
More neutral 33
More positive 3
It is difficult to say 8

WITH WHAT DO YOU PRIMARILY ASSOCIATE THE EXPRESSION “FOREIGN AGENT”? (OPEN QUESTION, responses ranked)

Spy, recruiter, foreign intelligence, double agent, infiltrator, recruited 45
Enemy, enemy of the people, enemy of Russia, traitor, hate Russia, fifth column 7
Financed from abroad, working for foreign sponsors, hireling 5
Economics, business, foreign companies, foreign organizations, sales representative, сommerce 4
James Bond, Agent 007, crime story, movie character 3
Imposing Western values, Manchurian candidate, representing foreign interests 3
Foreigner, American, United States 2
Other negative associations 2
Representative of another state, Ambassador 1
Dissenter, liberal, anti-authority <1
Other 2
Don’t know, it is difficult to say 28

FOR YOU PERSONALLY, ARE THE FOLLOWING SOURCES OF FINANCING FOR RUSSIAN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ACCEPTABLE?

Probably acceptable Probably unacceptable It is difficult to say
Donations from Russian business 69 12 19
Donations from Russian citizens 64 17 20
Presidential grants 61 14 25
Grants from Russian charities 60 15 25
Membership dues 59 18 23
Donations from foreign citizens 41 32 27
Rendering paid services to other organizations 40 28 32
Rendering paid services to the public 35 36 29
Donations from foreign business 33 39 28
Grants from European charities 29 40 31
Grants from American charities 27 43 30

WHY DO YOU THINK FOREIGN FUNDS AND GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN RUSSIA? (answers are ranked)

To impose their values and views on Russia 36
To recruit informers, gather information on Russia 30
To recruit talented people, take them out of Russia 24
To garner favor with Russian citizens 21
To help fight against serious social problems 13
They have nowhere to put their money/rich and bored 11
Don’t know 11
It is difficult to say 8

IN YOUR OPINION, CAN AN ORGANIZATION WHICH RECEIVES MONEY FROM ABROAD REMAIN INDEPENDENT, OR WILL THEY PRIMARILY SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THEIR FOREIGN SPONSORS?

Can remain independent 17
Will serve the interests of foreign sponsors 66
It is difficult to say 17

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

ANO Levada Center has been included in the register of noncommercial organizations acting as foreign agents. See the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.