Memorable Events

This survey took place between August 23–30, 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 136 localities of 52 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.

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%

A large part of the field work for this survey was done before Vladimir Putin announced the “softening” of the pension reforms and protests were held in a series of cities against the raising of the retirement age.

Which events in the last four weeks have been most memorable for you? (respondents chose the events THEMSELVES and could name more than one; ranked in descending order)

Pension reform (pension reform discussion, rallies against raising the retirement age, preparations for the referendum on pension reform) 22
Personal events in respondents’ lives 10
Rising prices for gas, housing & public utilities and groceries; currency depreciation, low salaries 7
World Cup 7
U.S. sanctions 6
Vladimir Putin’s meetings with leaders of other countries 6
Holidays, anniversaries, commemorative days (75 years since the battle of Kursk; Scarlet Sails; Day of the Airborne Forces; City Day celebration; Coal Miner’s Day; Eid al-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice; preparations for the new school year; Sabantuy; Fireworks Festival; Apple Feast of the Savior) 6
Accidents and catastrophes, people’s deaths as a result of the bridge collapse in Italy 5
Tax increases 4
Time off, vacation, summer holidays, pleasant weather 3
Single day of voting on September 9, 2018 2
Natural disasters 2
Events in Syria 2
Events in Ukraine 2
Events in the gossip columns 1
The death of Senator John McCain 1
Hunger strike of Oleg Sentsov 0
Other 7
No answer 26
It is difficult to say 9

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

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