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Truth & Lies

This survey took place between November 22–28, 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 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, DO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU USUALLY TELL THE TRUTH OR HIDE THE TRUTH AND LIE? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Dec. 10 Aug. 13 Sep. 14 Jul. 15 Jul. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18
They always/virtually always tell the truth 5 4 6 6 7 15 8
They tell the truth for the most part 28 24 33 31 32 34 29
They sometimes tell the truth and sometimes hide the truth/lie 47 47 44 40 39 33 36
They hide the truth/lie for the most part 14 17 12 15 16 12 21
They always/virtually always hide the truth/lie 3 3 1 2 2 3 4
It is difficult to say 4 6 5 6 5 5 3

IN YOUR OPINION, DO GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND OFFICIALS IN HIGH POSITIONS ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH WHEN THEY DESCRIBE THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE, RETIREMENT BENEFITS, THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, AND OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Dec. 10 Aug. 13 Jul.
15
Jul.
16
Nov. 17 Nov. 18
They always/virtually always tell the truth 6 2 4 2 5 2
They tell the truth for the most part 15 14 13 12 15 10
They sometimes tell the truth and sometimes hide the truth/lie 35 42 34 36 38 33
They hide the truth/lie for the most part 30 30 32 30 28 36
They always/virtually always hide the truth/lie 9 7 9 12 9 16
It is difficult to say 5 5 8 8 6 3

IN YOUR OPINION, DO PEOPLE NOWADAYS SPEAK HONESTLY ABOUT THEIR OPINIONS ON THE GOVERNMENT AND VLADIMIR PUTIN? OR DO THEY HIDE WHAT THEY REALLY THINK?  (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Feb. 05 Jan. 12 Aug. 13 Sep. 14 Jul. 15 Jul. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18
Almost everyone speaks honestly 18 13 7 9 16 12 14 15
Most people speak honestly 33 30 23 33 32 30 33 26
Half speak honestly, the other don’t 23 27 33 32 31 32 29 29
Most people hide what they think 18 19 26 18 14 18 15 22
Almost everyone hides what they think 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 6
It is difficult to say 5 7 6 5 4 5 6 3

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

The ANO Levada Center has been 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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