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Institutional trust

This survey took place between September 15-19, 2017 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%.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW TRUSTWORTHY IS/ARE…? (Respondents could only choose one answer; ranked in descending based on the column “Completely trustworthy”)

Completely trustworthy Somewhat trustworthy Not at all trustworthy It is difficult to say
2013 2015 2017 2013 2015 2017 2013 2015 2017 2013 2015 2017
The president of the Russian Federation 55 80 75 30 11 19 12 7 4 4 3 3
The military 43 64 69 34 21 19 13 8 6 10 8 6
The FSB/other intelligence agencies 36 50 57 32 25 25 14 11 7 18 15 11
The church, religious organizations 48 53 48 25 22 24 10 9 11 17 17 17
Russian charitable organizations 34 31 15 20
The Federation Council 24 40 35 39 33 35 22 14 16 15 13 13
The Public Prosecutor’s Office 26 37 33 41 33 37 18 14 16 15 16 14
The Russian government 30 45 35 39 32 40 25 17 20 6 7 6
The State Duma 25 40 33 44 36 43 26 17 20 5 6 5
Small and medium-sized Russian businesses 29 37 19 7 8 15
The press, radio, television 24 34 30 50 41 48 19 15 15 8 9 8
Regional authorities 32 38 31 40 35 43 21 20 19 7 8 7
The police 18 29 30 46 43 46 27 19 17 9 9 7
The courts 21 29 26 44 37 43 22 20 19 13 15 13
Labor unions 18 24 22 34 27 31 26 22 24 23 27 24
Local (municipal) authorities 27 32 27 42 37 44 26 24 23 6 7 6
Russian banks 20 47 24 10
Large Russian businesses, industrial and business communities 18 38 27 10 14 16
Political parties 12 20 19 46 39 45 33 27 27 10 14 9

The Trust in Social Institutions Index

(the index calculates the difference between “completely trustworthy”/”not at all trustworthy”  and “somewhat trustworthy” as ½; the greater the importance of an institution, the lower the level of trust associated with it; ranked in descending order, starting with institutions that command a high level of trust and ending with those with low levels of trust)

2013 2015 2017
The president of the Russian Federation 28 68 62
The military 13 46 54
The FSB/other intelligence agencies 6 27 38
The church, religious organizations 26 33 25
Russian charitable organizations  –  – 4
The Federation Council -18 10 2
The Public Prosecutor’s Office -13 7 -2
The Russian government -15 12 -5
The State Duma -23 5 -9
Small and medium-sized Russian businesses –  –  -9
The press, radio, television -20 -2 -9
Regional authorities -9 1 -10
The police -32 -12 -10
The courts -23 -10 -15
Labor unions -25 -12 -18
Local (municipal) authorities -20 -11 -18
Russian banks  – –  -28
Large Russian businesses, industrial and business communities  – –  -28
Political parties -44 -27 -31

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

The ANO Levada Center has been forcibly included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.  Read the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.

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