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STATE SOCIAL SUPPORT DURING THE PANDEMIC

This survey was carried out 22 – 24 May 2020 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1623 people age 18 or older.  The survey was conducted by means of computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) through random digit dialing (RDD) of mobile and landlines. The statistical error for this study does not exceed 2.4%. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the total number of respondents. Informational support from Otkrytye Media.

WHAT SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY RECIPIENTS OF STATE SOCIAL SUPPORT DURING THE PANDEMIC? (telephone interview; respondents could select more than one answer; ranked in descending order)

May 2020
Families with children 61
Retirees 52
Low-income households 48
Unemployed 41
People with disabilities 37
Healthcare workers 31
Employees of small or medium-sized business 26
Other (“Students”; “Undocumented workers”; “Migrants”; “Everyone except members of parliament”; “Public employees” and others) 3
All citizens without exception* 12
It is difficult to say. 2

*This response as not accepted but was noted by the interviewer if the respondent proposed it on his or her own after being read the list of possible answers.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW POSSIBLE ARE LARGE-SCALE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST A DECLINE IN QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUR CITY OR RURAL AREA? (telephone interview; one answer)

May 2020
Entirely possible 27
Very unlikely 61
I do not know; could not answer. 12

IF SUCH LARGE-SCALE DEMONSTRATIONS OCCURRED, WOULD YOU PERSONALLY PARTICIPATE? (telephone interview; one answer)

May 2020
More likely, yes 28
More likely, no 68
It is difficult to say. 4

Note that the Levada Center regularly asks questions concerning the probability of protests. Changes in public opinion since 1994 concerning the likelihood of protests and people’s readiness to participate in them can be found here: https://www.levada.ru/indikatory/polozhenie-del-v-strane/. However, in May 2020 survey methodology changed significantly, and results gathered via telephone and face-to-face interviews are not suitable for close comparison.

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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