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This survey was carried out February 20–26, 2020 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1614 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 total number of participants along with data from previous surveys. This was carried out with information support from the publication “Open Media.”

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 READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT SAYS? (one answer)

  Nov. 13 Nov. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Feb. 20
Remember quite well 11 12 11 11 9 8
Do not remember very well 26 24 24 25 23 22
Read it, but don’t remember anything 25 24 24 27 26 29
Never read it 38 41 41 37 42 41

VLADIMIR PUTIN PROPOSED AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY A NATIONWIDE REFERENDUM. IF THIS REFERENDUM OCCURS, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS REFLECTS YOUR POSITION ON PARTICIPATING IN IT? (one answer)

  Feb. 20
I will vote FOR the constitutional amendments 25
I will vote AGAINST the constitutional amendments 10
I will participate in the referendum, but I still don’t know whether I will vote for or against the amendments 37
I will not participate in the referendum 23
It is difficult to say 5

COULD YOU SAY WHETHER YOU PERSONALLY HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF… (one answer in each column)

  Feb. 20 Feb. 20
“the main points of the proposed constitutional amendments?” “the reasons for the constitutional amendments being necessary?”
Definitely yes 10 12
Probably yes 21 24
Probably not 36 32
Definitely not 28 26
It is difficult to say 6 7

Different groups of respondents’ preparedness to participate in a nationwide referendum

  Total sample Familiarity with the Constitution Have a clear understanding of the main point of the proposed constitutional amendments Support for the opinion that Vladimir Putin must give up leadership of the country in 2024
Read and remember it Did not read it and do not remember it Sum of the positions “definitely yes” and “probably yes” Sum of the positions “definitely not” and “probably not” Sum of the positions “definitely yes” and “probably yes” Sum of the positions “definitely not” and “probably not”
Number of survey participants 1614 485 1128 500 1021 746 725
I will vote FOR the constitutional amendments 25 31 22 52 12 15 36
I will vote AGAINST the constitutional amendments 10 14 8 14 8 18 4
I will participate in the referendum, but I still don’t know whether I will vote for or against the amendments 37 38 37 22 45 38 35
I will not participate in the referendum 23 12 27 10 30 25 20
It is difficult to say 5 4 6 2 5 5 5

DO YOU THINK THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN SHOULD GIVE UP LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY AFTER HIS PRESIDENTIAL TERM COMES TO AN END IN 2024? (one answer)

  Feb. 20
Definitely yes 24
Probably yes 22
Probably not 25
Definitely not 20
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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