Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

Public opinion in Russia: Russians’ attitudes on economic and domestic issues

Public is rallying around Putin even though economic woes are top of mind

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Chicago, December 17, 2014–A poll of the Russian public, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, was released today. The poll, which includes a nationally representative in-person survey of 2, 008 Russian adults taken between November 22 and December 7, 2014, found that President Vladimir Putin is extremely popular. Few say the economy is in good condition and most say that sanctions are hurting the Russian economy. Despite economic woes, most Russians believe their country is headed in the right direction. Most respondents are also optimistic their financial situation will improve in coming years.

“We are excited to release the AP-NORC Center’s first international survey, ” said Trevor Tompson, director of the AP-NORC Center. “Russia is at the center of many matters of contention, both in the domestic and international arenas, and we wanted to explore the state of the Russian public’s opinions on a variety of economic and political issues.”

Here are some of the key findings from the AP-NORC Center poll:

  • The Russian people are rallying around Vladimir Putin, who now enjoys an 81 percent approval rating, much higher than the 58 percent rating he received in a 2012 AP poll.
  • Economic woes are top of mind among the Russian people even though few Russians report a negative impact on their own pocketbooks. Most say that sanctions are hurting the Russian economy, though impacts on personal finances are more concentrated among those with higher incomes.
  • Two thirds of Russians favor efforts to support Ukrainians who want to separate from the Kiev government.

About the Survey

This survey, funded by NORC at the University of Chicago, was conducted by NORC with fieldwork by GfK Russia between the dates of November 22 and December 7, 2014. The survey featured a nationally representative, multi-stage cluster, random route-sample of adults 18 years and older in Russia. The poll was conducted with in-person interviews of 2, 008 adults. Interviewers selected and visited 14, 021 addresses, and had a 57 percent contact rate. Among those contacted, 21 percent responded. Including non-contacts, the cumulative response rate is 14 percent. The overall margin of error +/- 2.4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level (including the design effect). The data are weighted to reflect the Russian population based on the 2010 Russian Census.

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