Concern over dollar exchange rate grows in Russia - poll

Forty-five percent of Russians are worried about the growing dollar. The indicator has increased significantly, from 26 percent last year, Levada Center told Interfax.

Forty-five percent of Russians are worried about the growing dollar. The indicator has increased significantly, from 26 percent last year, Levada Center told Interfax.

Fifty-two percent of 1,630 respondents polled in 134 populated localities in 46 regions on September 26-29 claim they have no such worries (68 percent in 2013).

Concerns lessened among older age groups: the indicator stands at 53 percent in the group aged from 25 to 39, 48 percent in the group aged from 40 to 54 and only 33 percent in the group older than 55. Muscovites are more worried about the dollar exchange rate than villagers (67 percent vs. 30 percent).

In addition, 38 percent of Russians are worried about possible travel restrictions. Such sentiments are more characteristic of the younger generation, aged from 18 to 24 (52 percent), than of senior citizens (20 percent in the group aged 55 or older). A majority (59 percent) are not worried.

A total of 61 percent of the respondents told sociologists they were not concerned about "stricter government control over newspapers and magazines" and 32 percent gave the opposite answer.

A possible ban on foreign currency in Russia does not bother 64 percent, but 31 percent have such worries.

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