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This survey was carried out July 18–24, 2019 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1605 people age 18 or older from 137 localities in 50 regions of the Russian Federation. 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%

WHAT ARE YOU MOST AFRAID OF? (respondents were given a card from which they could choose more than one answer and/or write in their own; ranked in descending order according to July 2019)

  Nov.98 Aug.16 Oct.17 Jul.19
Illnesses of loved ones, children 61 45 47 58
Wars 50 36 37 51
Illness, losing the ability to work 38 32 32 44
Poverty 13 28 22 36
Natural disasters 38 22 21 31
Old age, being feeble 33 28 21 27
Abuse of power by authorities, lawlessness 22 10 11 27
Physical pain, torture 17 16 17 17
Ethnic conflicts 6 6 10 14
End of mankind 27 7 9 12
Own death 15 11 9 9
Criminals 16 5 7 9
God’s wrath, Judgement Day 5 5 5 8
Return to large-scale repressions 11 3 3 7
Public humiliation, insults 15 4 6 5
Other (“heights,” “loneliness,” “biometric passports,” etc.) <1 1 1 1
I don’t have any particular fears 5 12 11 4
It is difficult to say 3 2 4 1

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

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