Changes in the country

Most Russians believe that Russia needs change. About half would like full-scale changes, but compared to the previous measurement, the number of such respondents has decreased. First of all, the respondents would like to improve the standard of living and solve social problems, the resignation of various officials, ministers, deputies, as well as the end of the “special operation”.

Among those who believe that things in the country are going in the right direction, slightly more than a third (35%) believe that the country needs drastic changes, another 46% – that minor changes are needed. Among respondents who adhere to the opposite about the state of affairs in the country, 70% are in favor of full-scale changes, 19% are in favor of minor changes.

38% of respondents who approve of the president’s activities believe that the country needs serious changes. Among the respondents who disapprove of Putin, the share of such responses was 79%.

Answering an open question about what needs to be changed in Russia first of all, respondents most often pointed to the need to raise salaries, pensions and the standard of living in general (14%), change the government (11%), end the “special operation” (10%) and solve social problems (9%).

In July 2019, answering this question, respondents also prioritized improving living standards (24%) and changing the system of government (13%). Other than that, the respondents pointed out the need to reduce prices (11%) and fight corruption (10%).


The survey by the Levada Center was conducted September 22 – 28 2022, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1631 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 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.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample 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%

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