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Repressive laws

This survey took place between March 21-27, 2019 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 50 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as a percentage 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%

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE FOLLOWING RECENTLY-PASSED LAWS? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer in each columns)

  Law by which people are punished for disrespecting government authorities Law by which fines are given for spreading fake news online and in the media
I’ve heard a lot about this 18 18
I’ve head something about this 39 40
This is the first time I’ve heard about this 41 41
It is difficult to say 2 2

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THESE LAWS MEANT TO ENSURE THAT NEWS IN THE MEDIA IS RELIABLE OR TO PREVENT CRITICISM OF THE AUTHORITIES? (one answer)

  Mar. 19
To ensure the reliability of news in the media and online 23
To prevent criticism of the authorities 64
It is difficult to say 14

DO YOU APPROVE OF THE FOLLOWING RECENTLY-PASSED LAWS? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer in each columns)

  Law by which people are punished for disrespecting government authorities Law by which fines are given for spreading fake news online and in the media
Fully approve 14 24
Mostly approve 25 31
Mostly disapprove 25 16
Fully disapprove 28 19
It is difficult to say 9 10

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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