Russians tired of fearing crisis, feel calmer about possible crisis effects

More than half of Russians expect a new wave of financial crisis: 17 percent say that will happen for sure and 39 percent declare the probability is high. Only 13 percent are optimistic, Romir Research told Interfax on Monday. It noted that the number of pessimists was four times higher than the number of optimists.

The firm polled 1,500 respondents aged from 18 to 60 and older in eight federal districts in August.

Gender, age, education or even income is immaterial in anticipating crisis in the autumn of 2012, the holding said.

Yet the percentage of pessimists differs depending on region and place of residence. There are tens times more pessimists than optimists in the Urals; the number of pessimists is only 2.5 times higher in Siberia and three times higher in the Northwestern Federal District.

"The rate of pessimism is a bit lower in villages and small towns, while it is ten times higher in cities with over one million residents," the holding said.

The respondents were asked a traditional question about consequences and manifestations of the crisis. Fifty-one percent said that the crisis would primarily lead to rising prices and lower living standards. Six percent expect a higher unemployment rate, and 4  predict salary cuts.

Russians are calmer now than in the previous years, Romir said. The number of respondents expecting sweeping effects from a crisis is down from 43-45 percent in 2010 to 28 percent now. There is also a decline in the number of Russians expecting higher prices on necessities (from 23 to 6 percent), salary cuts (from 16 to 6 percent) and massive layoffs (from 18 to 4 percent). The number of respondents who think the crisis will have no effect at all has grown from 1 to 6 percent.

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