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THE ROLE OF THE CONSTITUTION

This survey was carried out January 23–29, 2020 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1603 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%

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS ON THE ROLE OF THE CONSTITUTION IN THE COUNTRY WOULD YOU MOST READILY AGREE WITH? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

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05
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Jan. 20
The constitution guarantees the rights and freedoms of citizens 12 21 14 21 31 22 38 44 41 29 38 48 38 27
The constitution ensures that the government functions properly 20 22 25 22 30 30 22 21 22 23 26 28 25 24
The constitution is an instrument that allows the president to control the Duma 11 7 11 15 10 11 8 6 8 7 6 5 7 15
The constitution does not play a significant role in the country because few people take it into account 46 41 42 35 21 28 25 20 22 27 16 13 20 30
It is difficult to say 12 10 8 7 9 10 6 9 9 15 14 6 9 4

HAVE YOU HEAD OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S INTIATIVE TO AMEND THE RUSSIAN CONSTITUTION? (one answer)

  Jan. 20
I am very familiar with this 22
I have heard something about it 58
This is the first I’ve heard about it 20
It is difficult to say 1

THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON THE MAIN REASONS FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN’S PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE RUSSIAN CONSTITUTION. SOME SAY THESE AMENDMENTS ARE BEING MADE PRIMARILY TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION IN THE INTERESTS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE RUSSIAN POPULACE. OTHERS SAY THESE AMENDMENTS PRIMARILY SERVE THE INTERESTS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN HIMSELF, INCREASING HIS POWERS AND ALLOWING HIM TO REMAIN IN POWER PAST 2024. WHICH OPINION DO YOU AGREE WITH MOST? (one answer)

  Total sample As a percentage of respondents that heard about the constitutional amendments As a percentage of respondents that haven’t heard about the constitutional amendments
To improve government administration in the interests of the majority of the Russian populace 44 47 36
In the interests of Vladimir Putin himself to increase his powers and allow him to stay in power past 2024. 47 47 48
It is difficult to say 9 7 16

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

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