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SOCIETAL PROBLEMS

This survey took place between January 19-23, 2018 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%.

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SOCIETAL PROBLEMS WORRY YOU MOST OF ALL AND SEEM MOST SEVER TO YOU? (respondents were presented with a card and could select more than one answer; ranked in descending order according to January 2018)

  Jan. 04 Jan. 06 Jan. 08 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Jan. 18
Price increases 73 71 81 71 72 69 82 77 69 63
Poverty / most of the population living in poverty 57 55 49 51 53 51 43 49 50 47
A rise in unemployment 35 36 28 47 36 33 38 43 42 40
Corruption, bribery 23 23 23 28 37 32 21 24 28 38
The economic crisis, the poor condition of industry and agriculture 30 31 29 36 33 29 36 38 34 35
The extreme gap between the rich and poor, income inequality 29 32 35 29 36 27 24 26 27 33
Lack of access to various kinds of health care 36 30 31 27 27 25 19 15 20 26
Increased cost/inaccessibility of education 30 28 26 16 18 17 13 14 16 20
Moral/cultural crisis 22 26 27 28 31 26 18 16 19 18
Increased drug use 28 25 26 26 30 21 14 14 15 18
An influx of migrants/immigrants -* 11 8 10 15 23 9 12 9 18
Environmental degradation 19 20 23 21 20 16 9 13 13 15
Tyrannical government officials 10 10 9 14 15 12 8 9 10 11
The threat of explosions and other acts of terrorism where you live 13 12 6 6 9 12 4 11 8 10
A weak government 9 14 8 11 11 8 6 9 8 10
Disruptions in salary, pension, benefits etc. payments 10 6 3 7 4 4 3 9 5 9
A lack of truth in the courts 8 5 6 6 7 7 4 5 5 9
Higher crime rates 35 29 23 20 17 14 8 8 10 8
An increased AIDS incidence rate -* 7 7 5 5 3 -* -* -* 8
A rise in nationalism, the deterioration of interethnic relations 4 8 5 7 9 10 8 8 6 7
Rude/cruel police behavior -* 8 7 12 9 7 4 5 5 7
Terrorist attacks in Chechnya and the North Caucasus -* 6 3 5 3 7 -* -* -* 6
Limited civil rights and democratic freedoms (freedom of speech, freedom of the press) 2 2 2 3 5 4 2 3 3 5
Conflicts between different government branches at various levels -* 4 2 2 3 3 -* -* -* 5
The war in Eastern Ukraine -* -* -* -* -* -* 28 14 19 -*
Lower exchange rates for the ruble/currency depreciation -* -* -* -* -* -* 31 27 12 -*
Western sanctions against Russia -* -* -* -* -* -* 15 12 8 -*
Other 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 2 2
It is difficult to say <1 <1 2 2 1 2 1 <1 1 2

*This option was not included in the list of possible answers on the card.

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

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