Many Russians don't like government policies, but don't want to take part in protests - polls

Sociologists do not see an increase in protest activity in Russia, although many citizens are not happy about the situation in the country.

A nationwide poll conducted by Levada Center on August 10-13 shows that only 9 percent of Russians (against 12 percent in December 2011) said they unconditionally support the mass protests that began in Russia in late 2011. Twenty-four percent of the respondents said they tend to support the opposition (against 32 percent in December 2011).

Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they do not support protests (against 41 percent in December 2011).

The percentage of the respondents who are ready to take part in new protests, for example, protests against electoral violations and vote-rigging if they occur in the nearest future has remained virtually unchanged in the past eight months. Two percent of the respondents said they are ready to take part in street protests (against 4 percent in December 2011), 11 percent said they are ready to support such actions (against 11 percent in December 2011), and 80 percent said they are not ready to support such actions (against 77 percent in December 2011).

Only 15 percent of the respondents surveyed by Levada Center said they are confident that protest tendencies will be increasing in the fall. Thirty-six percent said they believe they will stay at the same level and 33 percent believe protest tendencies will decline.

Thirty-six percent of the respondents also said they are generally satisfied with the policies of the Russian administration, and 3 percent  said they are fully satisfied with them. Thirteen percent of the respondents said they are definitely not satisfied and 34% said they are somewhat dissatisfied.

Seven percent of the respondents said they are satisfied with the economic situation in Russia, and 26 percent said they are generally satisfied with it. Forty-one percent of the respondents said they are not quite satisfied with the economic situation and 21 percent said they are definitely not satisfied with it.

The poll conducted by Levada Center surveyed 1,600 people from 130 populated areas in 45 regions of Russia.

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