Concern about Western sanctions against Russia increased significantly in March: they worry almost half of the respondents. Two-thirds of respondents believe that sanctions directly affect broad segments of the population. About a third say that sanctions have already created problems for them personally and their families.
The perception of sanctions has undergone significant changes compared to December 2021: sanctions do not bother 23% of respondents at all (in December — 35%); not too much — 30% (in December — 31%); rather worried — 27% (in 2020 — 19%); very worried — 19% (in 2020 — 13%).
When summing up the positions “sanctions bother” and “do not bother” approximately an equal number of respondents: 46% and 53%, respectively (the level of November 2018).
The residents of Moscow are the most concerned about sanctions: 19% are very worried about sanctions, 41% are quite worried. Also, about 45% of residents of villages and cities with a population of 100 to 500 thousand and more than 500 thousand people are concerned about sanctions.
Sanctions worry more than half (52%) of respondents who “barely can afford for food”: 28% are very worried about sanctions, 24% are quite worried. 18% of those who have enough for clothes are very worried about sanctions, 27% are quite worried; among respondents who can afford durable goods, sanctions are very worried about 15%, rather worried about 28%.
The greatest concern (61%) about sanctions is observed among Russians who do not approve of the president’s activities: 34% of them are very worried about sanctions, 27% are quite worried. Those who approve have concerns at the level of 44%.
Compared to December 2021, the share of Russians who believe that sanctions directly affect broad segments of the population has increased by 21 percentage points to 67%. The number of respondents who believe that Western sanctions really affect only a narrow circle of people responsible for Russian policy towards Ukraine has decreased by 15 percentage points — to 26%.
The share of respondents who noted that the sanctions created problems for them and their families increased: very serious – for 7% (in 2020 – 3%), quite serious – for 22% (in 2020 – 7%), did not create serious problems – for 39% (in 2020 – 30%), did not create any problems – for 30% (in 2020 – 57%).
Thus, the share of respondents for whom sanctions created problems increased by 19 percentage points to 29%; the share of those for whom sanctions did not create problems decreased to 69%. The ratio reached the level of August 2015.
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