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THE RUSSIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM

This survey was carried out March 19–25, 2020 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1624 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 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%

RUSSIAN LAW SETS AN AGE LIMIT FOR CIVIL SERVANTS AFTER WHICH THEY MUST RETIRE. IN YOUR OPINION, SHOULD A SIMILAR LIMITATION BE IMPLEMENTED FOR HOLDING THE POST OF PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Mar. 20
No, there should not be an age limit 26
Yes, there should be an age limit:
the retirement age 35
70 years old, as with civil servants 23
different age (“60 years old,” “50 years old,” “55 years old,” “no more than two terms,” “three terms,” etc.) 4
Age has no bearing on holding the post of President of the Russian Federation 5
It is difficult to say 6

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING TWO STATEMENTS IS CLOSEST TO YOUR PERSONAL OPINION ON THE PREFERABLE STRUCTURE OF THE RUSSIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM?  (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Mar. 20
For the Russian political system, it’s important to have stability and a small circle of politicians in power because being able to readily change them could have a negative impact on the lives of ordinary citizens 37
For the Russian political system, it’s more important to be able to readily change the people in power and have new politicians, since stability and a small circle of politicians in power obstruct improvements in the lives of ordinary citizens 50
Not interested in politics 7
It is difficult to say
7

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

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