Less than half of Muscovites are worried about Western sanctions. Less than a third faced difficulties in purchasing familiar goods. Muscovites first of all regret the departure of IKEA, McDonald’s, clothing brands and smartphone manufacturers. But in general, the departure of foreign companies does not worry the respondents too much. The prevailing opinion is that sanctions will benefit the country and become an incentive for development. Although respondents expect rapid import substitution in the field of food production, but not in other industries.
In Moscow, 42% of respondents are concerned about sanctions imposed by Western countries: 19% are very worried, 23% are quite worried. The average figure for Russia is slightly lower – 38%.
Slightly more than a quarter (27%) of Muscovites are concerned about the withdrawal of some Western companies and brands from the Russian market (9% are very worried, 18% are quite worried), 72% are not worried (24% are not too worried, 48% are not worried at all). There are no differences with the results of the May all-Russian survey, where a similar question was asked.
70% of respondents believe that sanctions will not have a negative impact on Russia’s development: about half (47%) of respondents believe that sanctions will strengthen the country and become an incentive for development, 23% – that sanctions will not affect development in any way. Just over a quarter (26%) believe that sanctions will cause significant damage to Russia.
Muscovites are most concerned about the departure of such brands as Ikea (26% of those who are concerned about the departure of Western brands from the Russian market), McDonald’s (14%) and Zara (10%). When considering product categories, Muscovites are most concerned about the departure of companies producing cars and related materials (12%), clothing brands (11%), as well as brands of electronics and household appliances (8%).
Due to the departure of foreign companies, a quarter of the surveyed Muscovites faced difficulties in acquiring familiar brands, 14% – familiar food products, about a third (30%) – familiar medicines and personal hygiene items, about a quarter (23%) – electronics and household appliances.
Among those who faced difficulties buying goods after the departure of a number of foreign companies, 65% managed to find a substitute for their usual clothes (18% found a complete replacement, 47% – partial), 77% found a replacement for food (29% – complete, 48% – partial), 69% – medicines and items personal hygiene (23% – complete, 46% – partial). The least of those who managed to find an alternative to the products of foreign companies is represented in the category of electronics and household appliances: about half of Moscow respondents managed to find a replacement in it, 46% did not find such a replacement.
81% of respondents believe that in the coming years it will be possible to achieve significant success in replacing imported goods with domestic ones in the field of public catering. Regarding the areas of production of machinery and electronics, as well as the production of cars, the attitude is more skeptical: 41% and 33%, respectively, believe that successful “import substitution” will be achieved in these areas.
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